Office of Risk Management
Risk Manager, Barry Scott

Analyzes the City's insurance and other risk exposure issues, including managing claims, workers' compensation, and service-connected disabilities. Provides safety and loss prevention programs.

The mission of the Risk Management Division is to reduce the financial impact of claims, lawsuits, and employee injuries to the City; to reduce the corresponding frequency and severity of these events through the application of professional risk management techniques; and to provide a safe environment for employees to work and the public to enjoy. In doing so, the Division plays a vital role in freeing up dollars which would otherwise be spent on claims and claims-related issues, making them available for other beneficial uses throughout the City.

To meet the above goals, Risk Management works through four distinct units:

  • Employee Disability - The Employee Disability Unit oversees all aspects of the City employee work-related injury program, including the provision of high quality medical care to injured employees, claims management, and Workers' Compensation defense litigation.

  • Please note that this link contains several documents that provide guidance on COVID-19 Operations:

  • Claims Unit - The Claims Unit handles all claims for personal injury and property damage asserted against the city. A staff of professional claim adjusters investigates the claims; determines if the city is liable under the applicable law; and negotiates and settles claims that are meritorious. Additionally, the claims unit works strategically and collaboratively with safety and loss prevention to mitigate the city's risks and increase public safety, through the implementation of risk management initiatives.

    In order to file a claim against the city, you must do so by filling out a claim form which can be obtained by downloading a copy from the website, or calling (215) 683-1713 to request a form. The form must then be completed and received by the Office of Risk Management within six (6) months from the date of the incident via electronic email submission at: or at the below listed address, or you will be barred from bringing a claim against the city.

    Please read and follow the instructions carefully and provide all necessary documentation to support your claim for damages. Sign and date the claim form and return it to the Office of Risk Management, 1515 Arch Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

  • Insurance and Contracts - In addition to performing insurance and contract services for the City of Philadelphia, its authorities and agencies, Risk Management's Insurance & Contracts Unit works to reduce the City's exposure to liability claims and lawsuits arising from the activities and operations of independent contractors and vendors. As an example of this, to mitigate undue financial loss to the City and its taxpayers, the Unit is responsible for assuring that independent contractors/vendors maintain appropriate insurance in compliance with the City's contract and permit requirements. The Unit also extends risk management assistance to non-profit and community groups doing business with the City or sponsoring events on City property.

  • Organizations applying for Special Event Liability Insurance can download the application and instructions from the links below:

    Special Event Liability Insurance Application
    Instructions: Special Event Liability Insurance Application

    All applications must be submitted via Fax at: (215) 683-1718, Attn: Nella Goodwin or in person at One Parkway Building, Risk Management Division, 1515 Arch Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Safety and Loss Prevention - The Safety and Loss Prevention Unit of the City's Risk Management Division is responsible for ensuring Citywide development, implementation and maintenance of safety and health programs to control and minimize hazards that could result in injury or illness to its workforce of approximately 30,000 employees. This unit also evaluates working environments, in conjunction with City Departments, to review potential safety and health problems with departmental operations, procedures and facilities, thereby minimizing potential risks for the City, as well as improving safety for the City and its residents. Additionally, this unit works to assess and reduce public risks or liabilities associated with the City's operations, products, services, activities and events.

Risk Management Documents
Contact Information
Employee Disability Unit
1515 Arch Street
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-1715
Claims Unit
1515 Arch Street
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-1700
Insurance and Contracts
1515 Arch Street
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-1719
Safety and Loss Prevention Unit
1515 Arch Street
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-1741