WAXAHACHIE — An Austin-based insurance company has named three Ellis County businesses among the safest workplaces in the state.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company awarded Waxahachie Life Schools, Lone Star Railroad Contractors and LP Sundance Construction the company's top honor for their dedication to workplace safety Tuesday.

“These awards support Texas Mutual’s commitment to promoting workplace safety and educating employees about safe work practices,” said Richard Gergasko, president and chief executive officer of Texas Mutual Insurance Company. “It’s important that we lead the way by recognizing Texas companies for their dedication to workplace safety and their commitment to the safety of their employees.”

To qualify for this honor, a company must demonstrate its commitment to workplace safety by implementing an exemplary safety program and controlling workers’ compensation losses.

This year, Texas Mutual distributed 200 safety awards to policyholders throughout the state who have exemplary safety records and exceptional safety programs.

According to the award announcement, Texas Mutual Insurance Company is an Austin-based and policyholder-owned company that is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance.

Texas Mutual was founded in 1991 and provides coverage to 40 percent of the market, representing over 66,000 companies.