Sims Crane Raises $11,000 for Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels

Sims Crane & Equipment Co. helped to raise $11,000 after expenses at the inaugural fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, a 501(c)(3) statewide non-profit that helps with financial support for families of construction-industry employees killed on the job.

Qualifying families can receive cash grants of $2,500 to offset immediate expenses after the death of a loved one on a construction site.

“Sims Crane was just amazing in the way they put together the fundraiser and attracted more than 100 people to help make it a success,” commented Kristi Ronyak, President and Founder of Construction Angels. “Having a net donation of $11,000 will make a huge difference for the better in the lives of families who have suffered the ultimate loss. We can’t thank them enough.”

When Dean Sims II, vice president of marketing for Sims Crane, learned fatalities on construction jobs in Florida increased from 41 in 2011 to 55 in 2012 – a 26 percent jump, he knew he had to do something. He founded the Tampa Bay chapter of Construction Angels, which originally began in Broward County.

“With all of the industry’s dedication to safety education and safety on the job, the fact that on-site deaths in the construction industry are on the rise is of major concern to everyone involved,” said Sims. “And the reality is, in most cases, the families of loved ones killed on the job need all the financial help they can get. That’s where Construction Angels comes in.”

The fundraiser, hosted by Sims Crane and open to the public, was held at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City. Complete with live music, silent auction, spirited live auction, raffle, commemorative photos, barbecue and locally grown and distilled strawberry and blueberry wine.

Sims Crane Earns Insurance-premium Reduction

Because of its superior on-the-job safety score, Sims Crane & Equipment Co. has again earned a significant reduction in its insurance premium. The firm’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is 0.68, meaning its insurance premiums will be 68 percent of the premiums required from less safe companies.

“The EMR is a rigorous standard set by insurance companies and the state, so having those outside third parties attest to our superior workplace safety practices and our culture of safety at Sims is a credit to everyone who works here,” declared Dean Sims II, vice president of Marketing at Sims Crane & Equipment.

The EMR is a gauge of past cost of injuries and future probability of injuries. An EMR of 1.0 is considered industry average. The lower the EMR, the lower the firm’s worker compensation insurance premiums will be. The EMR is designed to measure whether a company’s workers’ compensation losses are better or worse than expected. If the experience is worse than expected, a company is punished with a high EMR greater than 1.0. If the experience is better than expected, a company is rewarded with a low EMR below 1.0, paying less for workers compensation premium than a company with a high EMR.

“In Florida, Workers Compensation rates are ultimately determined by the Florida State Department of Insurance. The only real mechanism to apply either good or bad loss experience to the premium calculation is through the experience modifier,” adds Randy Proos, with USI Insurance Services in Coral Gables.

The EMR is calculated by a rating bureau, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, using three years of past loss history, excluding the immediate past year. The 2014 EMR is calculated using the 2012, 2011, 2010 loss experience.

With 325 employees and 381 cranes, lifting devices and associated support equipment operating out of 11 regional offices in Florida, Tampa-based Sims Crane & Equipment Co. is ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 14 in the nation by American Crane and Transport magazine. Since its founding in Tampa 54 years ago, Sims has been known for its safe, cost-effective, creative and on-time customer service, offering the latest in 3-D lift planning, total transport capabilities, a fully trained service department, and a team of onsite consultants and application specialists.

Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels to Hold First Fundraiser

The public is invited to the inaugural fundraiser in Plant City, Fla., May 1 for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps with financial support for families of construction-industry employees killed on the job.

Dean Sims II, vice president at Sims Crane & Equipment Co. in Tampa, is the founder of the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, which originally was begun in Broward County.

According to the Florida Department of Labor, fatalities on construction jobs in Florida increased from 41 in 2011 to 55 in 2012 – a 26 percent jump. Numbers for 2013 are not final yet.

“With all of the industry’s dedication to safety education and safety on the job, the fact that on-site deaths in the construction industry are on the rise is of major concern to everyone involved,” said Sims. “And the reality is, in most cases, the families of loved ones killed on the job need all the financial help they can get. That’s where Construction Angels comes in.”

The fundraiser, hosted by Sims Crane and open to the public, will be held at Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, FL 33565, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Festivities include live music, silent auction, raffle, commemorative photos and locally grown and distilled strawberry and blueberry wine. Registration/donation is $25 online and $30 at the door.

Register on the Sims Crane or Construction Angels websites.