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Brian Breklemans and Aaron Christensmith Earn STARS For 'Getting Involved' & Possibly Preventing A Disaster
3/21 Brian Breklemans and Aaron Christensmith earned only the third and fourth safety STARS of the year when they tried to help an unconscious woman in her car.
The woman turned out to be intoxicated. Brian and Aaron made sure she did not drive her car and called police.
The STAR is the District's highest safety honor.
"It is very easy to see someone in this condition and either call 911 and leave, or just walk away to not get involved," said Safety Committee Chair John Parsons. "In this instance, this woman could have woke up on her own and decided to drive away, potentially killing herself and/or someone else along with her!
"Acts like this do not happen nearly enough, and should never go without being recognized as selfless and responsible acts within our community," said John.
While performing daily routine work Brian and Aaron noticed the woman slumped over the steering wheel of her running vehicle in the Starbucks parking lot on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.
After a few minutes, they became concerned that the woman may have a medical issue. The car was still running and she was unconscious.
Brian and Aaron attempted to wake the woman without success. Aaron contacted 911 and they continued to try to wake the woman. The woman eventually awoke and was incoherent. It became apparent that she was heavily intoxicated.
After discussion with Brian and Aaron, she agreed not to drive, locked her vehicle and left the area. Pleasant Hill Police arrived, took a report and waited to see if the woman would return.
"Having staff ensure that she not drive certainly displays safety concern above and beyond what they would be reasonably expected to exhibit, but shows how they kept safety in the front of their minds as it relates to others who may have been impacted as well," said John.
"Great job gentlemen, you are a shining example of how safety is put to work each and every day no matter where we are!"
Clayton Funk Designs & Builds Effective Barriers To Keep Visitors Safe At Los Vaqueros
3/21 On February 24, a child fell into the Interpretive Center Pond at Los Vaqueros during a school field trip. Apparently the child did not realize there was water below and walked straight through a gap in the railing into the pond.
The child was quickly pulled from the water by their teacher, soaking wet but unharmed. The gaps were identified as a safety hazard. A temporary repair was put in place immediately.
Clayton Funk was then tasked with completing a permanent modification. He completed the project in an efficient, cost effective manner. His modification created an effective barrier, improved overall stability of the pier, and it looks very nice.! Clay went up and beyond the call of duty by not only solving the immediate problem but also improving the visitor experience, and he earned a SPOT Award.
Insisting on Red Tagging Vehicle Before Tour Earns First STARs of 2017 for Jacob Elsberry & Deion Gonsalves
3/12 Jacob Elsberry and Deion Gonsalves earned the year's first safety STARs, the District's highest safety honor, for insisting that a vehicle, scheduled to be used for a Board of Director tour, be taken out of service when issues were discovered with the parking brake.
The night before the tour was to take place, Central County maintenance was told the vehicle had issues with its parking brake. The driver had been instructed to use the vehicle but not park on any inclines.
At the morning tailboard meeting, Jacob Elsberry and Deion Gonsalves were adamant that this was a safety issue and this vehicle needed to be red tagged until they could evaluate the nature of the brake problem. Jason Todd had the vehicle red tagged and brought to the shop.
After analysis, the problem was not a simple adjustment of the parking brake, the parking brake was totally shot. Using any District vehicle with a brake issue is a safety issue and a liability and Jacob and Deion did the right thing by insisting this vehicle be assessed properly by qualified mechanics before the decision was made to allow it to be used in any capacity. They protected the public, our employees, and the Board Members who would have been using this vehicle.
"Insisting this vehicle be taken out of service until it could be inspected exhibits not only the empowerment of staff as it pertains to safety, but is a prime example that safety is first when we perform our work," said Safety Committee Chair John Parsons.
3/12 East County crews were asked to respond and repair the large slide on the face of LV Dam. The slide was approx. 75 ft. wide and 180 ft. long on a very steep slope and covered the dam’s v-ditch half way up.
Employees from East County Canal, East County Maintenance, and Central County Canal came together to conduct this work. This team was recognized for working together and completing a very large slide safely and effectively. It was great to see members from different departments developing a safe work plan, communicating together and doing a fantastic job.
They had to walk up and down the face of this dam for three days with 50 lb. sand bags, stakes and rolls of plastic. Their work plan resulted in no injuries.
Matt Fowler and Troy Railsback did a great job working together to get the mini excavator down the face of the dam from the v-ditch that had to be cleaned out. When the job was completed, two different employees reported to the supervisor that Matt Fowler did a great job organizing this task.
It’s great to be able to depend on District staff from any section at a moment’s notice to offer to help and work together safely. Here are the crew members: Matt Fowler, Troy Railsback, Rick Johnson, Jared Voelker, Dan Dickson, Pat McConnell, Vic Smith, Dave Perez, Daniel Sinosky, and John Gonsalves.
Jeff Siemens Earns Safety SPOT For Lending Contractor Dust Mask
3/12 Jeff Siemens earned the second SPOT award of the year when he noticed a lot of dust while a contractor was cutting a clay pipe with a grinder in a properly shored excavation. He loaned him a mask, and the contractor was very grateful
Finger in Sprocket Sets Back Recordable Injury Clock
First SPOT Award of 2017 Goes To Randy Anduza For Reporting Odd Fire Hydrant Obstacle
2/8 Randy Anduza noticed that a power pole guide wire on Clayton Way was installed directly on the nozzle connection on our fire hydrant. Randy reported it immediately to his supervisor, who was able to notify AT&T (the wire owner) of the problem. If a fire had started in the area, this fire hydrant would have been unusable. By finding and reporting the problem, Randy ensured that the neighborhood was protected in the event of a fire. Great work Randy for earning the first SPOT Award of the new year.
10/7 The updated 2015-2016 Safe Practices Handbook is now available online.
Within its 52 pages are everything from Safety Committee member names and lists, to guidance on operating equipment and working safely in the office. Take a look!
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The record without a "recordable" injury is 128 days, set in May, 2016.