LRADAC Receives Overall Safety Award with Highest Scores from Palmetto Hospital Trust

Columbia, SC – LRADAC received the 2017 Safety Award from the Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) and a $5,000 incentive for its overall safety outcomes.

“Our agency had the highest scores and fewest injuries in its peer group and that is a direct reflection of the robust health and safety programs, standards and commitments that LRADAC upholds,” said Joel Clonts, LRADAC Director of Operations. “I am extremely proud of our agency and its efforts to ensure employee and client safety.”

The trust examines and gives a grade on general safety, electrical safety, sharps, workplace violence, and a number of other areas of potential concern. Outcomes are then compared to several other small healthcare providers in the state.

LRADAC received a $5,000 check from the trust for having an unprecedented 0 claims of slips, trips and falls in 2017. Slips, trips, and falls are the most likely and most expensive injury that impacts organizations such as ours.  This award is based on a set of criteria to include:

  • Maintaining a certified auditor of walkways.
  • Conducting numerous audits throughout the year.
  • Immediately addressing any maintenance concerns that are found and documenting these repairs.
  • Conducting audits with PHTS representatives to prove our progress in these areas.
  • Maintaining policies and procedures and ensuring that we are adhering to them.

Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) was founded in 1977 by South Carolina healthcare executives as a group workers’ compensation self-insurance pool. The Trust’s focus on worker safety, coupled with specialized risk management services, emphasis on prompt claims reporting, and superior claims administration, ensures that its members have the best possible solution for their workers’ compensation needs. Trust members include hospitals, continuing care retirement centers, organizations dealing with special needs individuals, and other healthcare organizations.

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.