District Safety and Health Manager
MoDOT’s number one value is safety. The purpose of this measure is for everyone to arrive at work safely and return home the same way. This includes all preparations necessary for a safe day including planning jobs, Risk Based Assessment review, morning safety briefings and stretching. This measure focuses on improving three high-risk areas: backing a motorized vehicle; slips, trips and falls; and sprains and strains.
MoDOT had 86 backing incidents in calendar year 2020. While this is a 29% decrease from calendar year 2019, even one backing incident is too many. Six out the seven districts and Central Office saw a reduction in backing during 2020. Backing incidents can cause property damage, injuries and death. Improvement strategies include parking to avoid backing, proper planning, using a spotter and performing a thorough circle check of the area.
There were 102 employees who received medical attention for slips, trips and falls during calendar year 2020, which is a 32% decrease from calendar year 2019. All seven districts and Central Office saw a reduction in slips, trips and falls during 2020. Improvement strategies include being aware of surroundings, keeping work areas organized, looking out for each other by pointing out hazards on the job that may be hidden.
During calendar year 2020, 91 MoDOT employees received medical attention for sprains and strains. This is a 16% decrease from calendar year 2019. Four of the seven districts and Central Office saw a reduction in strains and sprains during 2020. Improvement strategies include implementation of a statewide stretch and flex program, asking for help when lifting and using proper lifting technique as taught in the Gear Up program.
It is imperative employees focus on improvement strategies and put MoDOT’s Behavior Based Safety and Actively Caring programs into action. At MoDOT, safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Purpose of the Measure:
This measure tracks the department's most frequent incident types and highlights areas to focus on for improvement.
Measurement and Data Collection:
Data is collected through RiskMaster for each district and Central Office for the prior three years on the number of backing incidents; slips, trips and falls; and strains and pulls. These are the three most common types of injuries at MoDOT.