The N.M. Association of Counties gave two safety awards to Torrance County for making the workplace safer, addressing workplace mental health training/concerns and lowering its workers compensation claims.

At NMAC’s legislative conference in Santa Fe the group gave Torrance County two awards for its efforts in making the workplace safer.

A number of years ago, the county named Nick Sedillo its Safety Officer. While county commissioners have often praised his efforts, Sedillo deflects that praise to the employees.

The NMAC said Torrance County has showed a “positive trend in their workers’ compensation losses during the last three years and noted that the county has continued participation in the Risk Awareness Program.

In 2015 Torrance County completed its eighth year of RAP and reduced their number of workers’ compensation claims by 54 percent, and their number law enforcement claims by 33 percent, according to a press release from NMAC.

That award is offered through NMAC’s Risk Awareness Program (RAP), which aims to reduce the frequency and severity of county claims through better risk awareness and safety practices.

NMAC Risk Management Director, Taylor Horst, said, “Torrance County’s commitment to safety awareness has resulted in not only making the workplace safer but has reduced costs to the community. The leadership and employees of Torrance County are to be commended for their hard work.”
The New Mexico Association of Counties is a non-profit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico’s 33 counties. For more information, visit nmcounties.org.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.