Eighth year in a row county has received honor

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Jim Wells County officials gathered Monday during the Commissioners' Court meeting to honor the eighth consecutive Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties.

The TAC administers a Workers' Compensation Self-insurance pool for counties in the state. Along with the honor come lower premiums for the entities that lower claim rates. To qualify for the safety award, the county's safety program must be rated in the top 15 percent of participating agencies.

Only 38 entities were honored this year. County officials said the county has seen thousands of dollars worth of savings over the years on insurance premiums because of the commitment of reducing safety risks through the JWC Health and Safety office.