“Members own and direct” is more than an MTM saying. It is something that we live by daily whether it be a member’s dividend program that in large equated to an average 23.4% of each member’s premium, or as I often say, my bosses as President of MTM are my 10 Board of Directors that own and operate shops like yours. All Board members have shop ownership benefits and challenges like our regular MTM members at large.

In 2016, the Board authorized a Board Finance Committee. This Committee was to give management guidance on investments and company budgets as well as membership input and oversight to the professional MTM insurance managers. This year, the Board authorized a Board Marketing/Underwriting Committee. Like the Board Finance Committee, the Board Marketing/Underwriting Committee is to give membership input and oversight to the MTM insurance managers. This new Committee held 1its first meeting June 20th and is chaired by Board member, Brad Lawton of Star Cutter Company. A second Committee member, Jerry Decker, is also an MTM Board member and President of Precision Boring Company. Two committee members at large are Bob Joly, President of Hancock Enterprises, and Mark Mullen, President of Griggs Steel Company. This Committee’s management liaison is Megan Brown, VP of Sales and Marketing. Also attending the meeting were Kurt Heuser, MTM Chairman of the Board, Chris Doebler, MTM CFO and me.

The Board of Directors and Committee members are available to you at any time and appreciate your feedback. Recently the website, www.mtmic.com, has been updated with photos of the Board of Directors and Committee Members with the hopes that you find it beneficial to have a name and a face for these groups. If you have an idea for MTM, never hesitate to contact one of the Board members, Committee members, or any of the staff at MTMIC. MTM exists solely for the benefit of our 883 member owners.

Until the next time, I always appreciate your input and support. Please enjoy the summer.

By Travis Halsted, Loss Control Consultant

MTMIC is proud to announce that there are several new safety videos available to you on the MTMIC Client Portal. The videos that were recently added to an already extensive streaming video collection include; Bloodborne Pathogens, Walking and Working Surface Safety, First Aid Awareness, Lockout/Tagout Practices and Procedures, and Safety Awareness: Attention to Detail. While these videos can be vital in assisting you in providing a proactive safety culture, it is important to point out that there have been no recent rule changes pertaining to these topics, and these videos were added only as another valuable resource that MTMIC has to offer. If you need assistance logging into the Client Portal, please do not hesitate to contact Patricia Allen at (248) 715-0013 or sales@mtmic.com.

By Travis Halsted, Loss Control Consultant

Whether it be a foundry, fabrication facility, snack food warehouse, welding facility or one of the many other industries that MTMIC works with, compressed gas cylinders can be found in the majority of them. Compressed gas cylinders serve a plethora of purposes, but also provide just as many hazards. From oxygen displacement and toxic effects of some gases, to physical hazards such as a ruptured cylinder and explosions, any failure of a cylinder can be catastrophic. It is paramount to understand the pressure that these cylinders are under. If a cylinder has a sudden release of any of the gases, it can become a dangerous missile-like projectile. There have been documented cases of compressed gas cylinders, under the sudden release condition, to have breached a cinder block wall. In other events, vehicles have been destroyed by explosions when the cylinder wasn’t properly secured during transport or if the valve was inadvertently opened. An essential part of working with gas cylinders is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what gas or gases you are working with. Gases include, but are not limited to; flammable gases, oxygen and oxidizing gases, acid and alkaline gases, toxic gases, cryogenic gases and inert gases. Each of these gases have their own benefits and hazards.


Look for your invitation in the mail soon!

The Inn at St. John’s – Plymouth, MI
October 19, 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Shoulder Evaluation: The Industrial Athlete and a Return to Work Approach
Scott Smith, MPT
Senior Regional Director – ATI Physical Therapy

Living by Design
James E. Blessman, Jr., MD, MPH
Wayne State School of Medicine Health Officer, Assistant Professor / Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences 

Company Overview: A Year in Review
John R. Karlen, CPCU, APA, ARe

MTMIC Dividend History: An Early Look at 2017
Chris Doebler, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Please Join Us!

By Donna Motley, Vice President of Claims

OPIoIDs – Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Norco), Tramadol (Ultram). Drugs used to control “chronic” pain. Drugs used post-surgery. Drugs used to control “any” pain. Drugs that can be highly addictive. Drugs that are talked about in the news on a regular basis in relation to an epidemic of addiction in our country. CNBC has reported that approximately 80% of global opioid supply is consumed in the United States. There is much discussion going on about how to control this situation with multiple entities stepping up to the plate to do their part.

The Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency has made changes to the Statute and Health Care Services to address the situation and save costs in the process. And it’s working!
All medications dispensed in relation to a work related injury are to be filled in the generic form if a generic form is available.

The State of Michigan has instituted a prescription drug monitoring program called MAPS that tracks and monitors controlled substance dispensing. MAPS is utilized outside of the Workers’ Compensation arena as well. If a patient “loses” his prescription, or it is “stolen” – another order cannot be written or filled until the time has expired on the original prescription.


It is hard to believe that three years and six months ago I left my keys on the desk and walked out of my office door for the last time. Who would have thought that after that much time I have been asked to write for the MTMIC Newsletter?

Normally I start my dialogue with a weather report from the Arizona desert but, after my recent trip to Michigan on a joint business and personal trip I will confirm that 90 degrees with 90% humidity is roughly equal to 108 degrees with 15% humidity. For the first time since 2013 my wife accompanied me to visit the kids and grandkids. It was great for her to see them but the 5th grade graduation ceremony in a packed non-air-conditioned gym was a reminder to both of us how warm it can get in Michigan.

Some of you may know that I have not completely disappeared from the roster at MTMIC. I continue as an employee of MTMIC as an underwriting consultant to the President. The company has continued to flourish in my absence and the staffing has remained at the same level, except for the addition of me in a part-time capacity.


By Chris Demeter, Senior Loss Control Consultant

The term “robot” readily evokes a mental image to most people. Depending on your age, it could be R2D2 from the Star Wars movies, the Mars Land Rover, or you may have iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner. In 1954, George Devol developed the first programmable Robot. It weighed two tons and was controlled by a program on a magnetic drum. Nowadays, the number and type of robots are changing rapidly.

Industrial robots are designed to move materials, as well as perform a variety of programmed tasks in manufacturing and production settings. They are often used to perform duties that are dangerous or unsuitable for human workers, such as repetitious work that causes boredom and could lead to injuries because of the inattentiveness of the worker.


SHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time. According to their website, they are extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to electronically submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A. Updates will be posted to the following OSHA webpage when they are available.



Once again MTMIC will be sending out a customer survey to gather your input on how we are doing. If you receive an email from sales@mtmic.com for a Survey Monkey survery, please complete it so that we can continue to improve our service. Should you have any questions, please contact Patty Allen at (248) 725-0013.


Our Annual Meeting will be taking place on October 19th, 2017 at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan.

We are excited to announce that Dr. James E. Blessman will be one of our featured speakers at the Annual Meeting

As a graduate of Cass Tech High School, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, Dr. Blessman is board certifed in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine Public Health Sciences, where he has practiced preventive medicine for over 25 years. He has served in many roles to include Medical Director for Risk Management at the City of Detroit for 18 years with overlapping roles as the Medical Officer of the Detroit Health Department for 8 years. He has also served on several boards of directors and national committees where his knowledge of occupational and environmental medicine has been highly sought. He currently serves as the CURES COEC co-director, which helps to connect WSU environmental health research with the community, as well as the medical director of occupational health services for Michigan Urgent Care. His passions surround optimizing health through both hazard reduction, and health promotion, emphasizing social tness through a tool known as the Citizen Report Card. His vision is a “City of A’s”, which is why he can often be seen with “the hat”.