A Southern shopping tradition since 1888, department store chain Belk Inc. initiated a companywide risk management program that not only created a safer work environment and lowered workers’ compensation injury rates, but also generated a healthy competition among managers to cut loss costs as well as new enthusiasm among employees to return to work faster–with a side benefit of elevated customer satisfaction.

The program’s implementation also earned Belk the title of “2007 Champion” in National Underwriter’s inaugural “Award For Excellence In Workers’ Compensation Risk Management.”

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