Midwest Employers Casualty Company (MECC), a workers' compensation excess insurance company, and a member company of W R Berkley, has launched a Healthcare Risk Management Practice, to assist clients in reducing costs associated with work-related accidents.

The Healthcare Risk Management Practice is designed in recognition of the potentially devastating consequences that injuries on the job can pose within healthcare organizations.

MECC said that the Healthcare Risk Management Practice designs and implements a variety of best practice programs, including developing transitional duty return to work procedures, addressing sharps/needle stick incidents or combative patients, reducing slips, trips and falls, a safe patient handling program and more.

MECC executive vice president Steve Link said MECC is the only workers’ compensation excess insurance company that offers a client services division, and our division has over 20 people in it.

"Having a Healthcare Risk Management Practice within client services is our way of showing healthcare clients that we really care about helping healthcare companies build and improve their programs, and we are invested in fostering happier employees and a safer work environment for our clients," Link said.