The results of the district’s 2015 Summer Safety Challenge are in and the results are POSITIVE!
For four months each summer, the Maintenance Division challenges employees to improve safety in a number of categories.
With the exception of personal injuries, all categories showed a reduction in the number of incidents reported in the Southwest District.
“I am very proud of so many employees who take the safety of co-workers, the public and themselves so seriously,” said District Maintenance Engineer Michael Middleton.
In those categories showing improvement, the positive results continued for a total of five months.
“We were impressed with the performance over the summer,” Middleton said, “and just wanted to see one more month’s results.”
Here’s an overview:
- All 500+ maintenance employees went the entire month of May without any incidents
- Number of backing incidents were down (four in 2014 compared to two in 2015 over five months)
- Overhead incidents were reduced (two in 2014 compared to zero over five months in 2015)
- At-Fault incidents were down (eight in 2014 compared to five over five months in 2015)
- Personal injuries were up (15 OSHA recordable injuries in 2014 compared to 17 in 2015)
Middleton attributes the good results to consistent discussions and awareness of safety. The message is re-enforced in various ways through morning meetings, weekly e-mails from the SW District Risk Management office and video messages that highlight safety situations.
“Our greatest reduction in incidents is always directly related to each individual improving their own safe procedure decisions,” Middleton said.