Cherokee County recently received some positive news regarding its accident claims from it's insurance provider.

The county has learned that their loss ratio "improved from 110 percent as of June 30, 2008 to 81 percent as of June 30, 2009, according to Philip J. Rippee, a Loss Prevention Specialist for KWORC - Kansas Workers Risk Cooperative for Counties.

County Lot Foreman Gene Langerot explained that KWORC is their insurance provider, and that they provides insurance for several counties.

The loss ratio findings show a drop in county claims.

"Like, if we have an accident or something - it's getting better, a lot better than it was," Langerot said Monday morning.  "We're just doing better than we were with the claims with the accidents."

Longerot said the difference between 2008 and 2009 has been simple.

"We just hold our regular safety meetings and just try to be cautious at work," Langerot said.  The meetings will continue and the county will "keep doing our safety meetings regulary and hope the guys keep safe - keep safety in mind when working."

Rippee visited Cherokee County on August 6 and met with a variety of county officials to learn about loss prevention efforts.

"This improvement is due to the extras safety efforts put forth by your employees during this past year,"  Rippee told county officials.  "We would like to thank the Commissioners and in particular Leonard Vanatta, Road Supervisor and Gene Langerot, Lot Foreman for the encouraging safety meetings/classes.  This demonstrates your concerns for the safety and health of Cherokee Highway Department employees."

"When he came and visited the last time we improved quite greatly," said Cherokee County Clerk Crystal Gatewood.  "The commissioners felt that that was a good thing."

Gatewood said Cherokee County employs 165 employees county-wide.