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Dear Policyholders,

As valued members of the Safety Group Program presented by Better Business Bureau and sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance, we want you to be aware of substantial changes being made to the program. 


These changes are a result of Pinnacol revamping all safety group programs in Colorado and putting new requirements in place. This means some current policyholders will no longer meet rigorous new eligibility standards. Program changes took effect Jan. 1.

It is our belief that an improved safety culture is paramount in creating a sustainable and respected program that is stable and has measurable value for our Safety Group members. Our group has a two-year transition period to meet the new requirements. 

To remain eligible for the safety group program, members must meet the new program requirements, which include:
  • A lower loss ratio threshold;
  • Mandatory annual attendance at two approved safety trainings;
  • Program eligibility based on annual evaluation of claims management and safety programs; and
  • Onboarding visit by BBB representative.

All individual members who remain eligible for the program will receive a discount and will remain eligible to receive dividends.

Pinnacol is committed to making our new Safety Group Program a long-term success. We will work closely with Pinnacol and agents representing the program to ensure regular communication with you throughout this transition. Please expect to be contacted in early 2013 to schedule your onboarding meeting. 

Thank you for being a part of this Safety Group Program. If you have questions, please contact Betti Seay, vice president/community relations, at or 970-488-2031.



Pam King, BBB President/CEO


Policyholders Encouraged to Jump on Worksite Wellness Bandwagon

Encouraging employees to eat more fruits and vegetables is just one element of the Health Risk Management Program provided free of charge to all policyholders of Pinnacol Assurance. The catch? Nothing but a healthier workforce, which translates into a safer workforce, according to Karen Trotter, owner of Trotter Wellness, Pinnacol's partner in delivering the HRM Program. She spoke at the January Safety Group Program seminar on worksite wellness.


Click here to get more info about the program and how to get started today. You have nothing to lose - except maybe a few pounds!

Cost Containment Boot Camps Set 

boot camp Are you ready to learn more about cost containment? Join us from 8 a.m. to noon  Feb. 5 at your BBB in Fort Collins for a free Cost Containment Boot Camp presented by BBB and Pinnacol Assurance. The workshop will also be given Feb. 20 in Glenwood Springs and Feb. 21 in Steamboat Springs. Time and place for both mountain locations TBA. For more information and to register, Call Betti Seay, vp/community relations, at 970-488-2021 or Space is limited.

Save These Additional Dates:

Policyholders must attend two training events during the year, one of which must be presented by BBB. All of the following dates/events count toward this requirement. 


April 9 - "Focus Four" Safety Group Seminar, 8-10 a.m. Embassy Suites, Loveland. No charge.

May 29 - "New Hire Orientation" Safety Group Seminar, 8:30-11 a.m. at Glenwood Springs Community Center; no charge.


May 30 - "New Hire Orientation" Safety Group Seminar, 8:30-11 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs; no charge.

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