UDOT’s Risk Manager Tim Rodriguez is the Insurance Professional of the Year, according to the Insurance Professionals of Salt Lake City, the local branch of the National Association of Insurance Women.
Timothy M. Rodriguez, CPCU, ARM-P, CRIS, AIS, has been the Risk Manager for the Utah Department of Transportation since February 2010. He came to UDOT from Salt Lake City where he was the Risk Manager for the previous 5 years. He started out in Risk Management in 1998 as the subrogation specialist for the Utah Transit Authority. He moved up the Loss Control Specialist in 2001 and was involved in the safety, security and emergency management for the Transit Authority during the Olympics in 2002.
Tim is a past President for the Utah Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) and current Past President of the Utah Risk Management Society (RIMS) Chapter. He has also taught insurance classes for the local CPCU Chapter.
As the UDOT Risk Manager, Rodriguez is tasked with identifying and minimizing risk on the project level. Each Project Manager at UDOT is charged with completing a safety checklist during the pre-construction phase. Rodriguez reviews each item on the list to make sure projects are compliant. (See a link to the list below)
Rodriguez manages the Owner Controlled Insurance Program for projects that have a budget of $20 Million or more. UDOT procures the insurance policy through the OCIP rotating fund and “we don’t rely on the insurance of the contractors or the subs” for these big projects, some of which include Mountain View Corridor, I-15 CORE and the Black Ridge project on I-15 in Region Four.
In order to manage all his duties effectively, Rodriguez puts in some serious steel-toe-boot-time at project sites. “That’s always been a priority of mine – to get out in the field.” In addition to site visits, he meets with region safety managers quarterly. He appreciates region safety managers who do a great job and has learned a lot from them.
To UDOT workers and private sector partners who build and maintain UDOT roads, Rodriguez has a message: “Take your safety roll seriously.” Minimizing risk is about making work life safer for everyone on the job. “It’s like the Workers Compensation Fund saying…we want you to go home at night.”
Tim Rodriguea has a long history of involvement in the insurance industry. Here’s a partial list of Tim’s accomplishments.
The UDOT Project Risk Assessment Checklist is filled out by UDOT Project Manager — before using this list, check to make sure this is the most recent version.
This PD Connect Webinar has a presentation by Rodriguez — fast forward to his portion about 21 minutes into the recording.