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Rise in Recordable Injuries, Vehicle Accidents Cause Concern for Safety Committee

8/16 The District Safety Committee met last week, and below are five topics from that meeting.  

WRF Ergonomics Participatory Project: The team suggested putting together a handout to be distributed at various meetings so that there is a clear understanding of what the project is about. There is a perception that this project is for office ergonomics, but it is a field ergonomics project. The main tasks that are being evaluated for discomfort are: Weed raking, slope protection (throwing sandbags and walking on uneven, slippery ground), lid pulling, valve turning and carrying plywood. Next, the team will work on developing prototypes or purchasing new equipment to pilot test. This topic was discussed at Management Team Meeting as management will need to support this effort by allocating funds to purchase the equipment and allowing team members time to test it.

Recordable Injuries: There has been an upward trend in recordable injuries in the last couple of months - primarily in sprains and strains, heat illness, and wrist strains. The Committee was asked to remind their work groups that if they are working in a situation where they feel uncomfortable or where they think they are at risk of getting hurt – to stop and speak up. There may be a safer way to do the work, and if staff have good ideas or suggestions on how to do a task in a safer manner, they should bring them up.

Vehicle Accidents: There have been a lot of vehicle accidents in the last couple of months. Staff should always be aware of their surroundings and perform a vehicle check before getting into the car to leave. There has been discussion about having focused driver’s training by the Sheriff’s Office, for those who have been in an accident. There was also discussion about the O&M policy stating that if staff are in an at-fault accident and there is damage of more than $2K, there may be disciplinary action. Staff are encouraged to have back-up cameras installed, if necessary. Work with supervisor and analyst to identify funding and take it to either Mobile Living in Central County or Pantell’s Music Box in East County.

AWWA Award Drawing: The Acting Manager of Health and Safety drew a name from the pool of Star Award winners from FY17 to attend a District-funded trip to the CA-NA AWWA Fall Conference in Reno. The winner will attend the conference and bring back safety-specific information to share with the District staff.

Silica Exposure Plan: Silica exposure testing was conducted on Thursday doing one hour of dry-blowing at District Center and another hour at one of the pump stations. The results should be back in 7-10 days. These were the last two pieces of the testing to complete the silica exposure control plan. Once the results are received, the plan will be completed and training will follow. A list of training participants was sent out to division heads and managers for review. Training classes will be two hours long – one hour of training and one hour for questions and answers.

Recorable Injury Timeclock Set Back

7/28 The District's recordable injury time clock was set back on July 26th after 39 days when an employee suffered a wrist and arm strain by repetitive keyboarding.

This is the 12th recordable injury of 2017. Last year, for the whole year, there were only three recordable injuries.

It also the most  recordable injuries since 2014, where there were 15 for the entire year. 

Recordable injuries are ones that happen, but there is no lost time due to the injury.

John Parsons Temporarily Replaces Sarah Bogner as Manager of Health & Safety

5/22 Manager of Healthy & Safety Sarah Bogner, has gone out on maternity leave,and will be returning in mid-October. During her time off the same level of safety support will continue, just with some different faces.

John Parsons, regularly the Water Treatment Supervisor at Randall-Bold, is the Acting Manager of Health and Safety. He is the point of contact for all safety-related items (anything that you would normally call or email Sarah about). John can be reached at

He will be sitting in Sarah’s office most of the time and can be reached at the same numbers. Cell: (925) 525-2632, Office: (925) 688-8185.

Additionally, we will have a safety consultant, Richard DeBusk, from Du-All Safety, available to provide any needed technical safety support. All requests or questions for Richard should still go through John.

Heat-related Illness Resets 'Recordable' and 'Lost Time' Injury Clock

6/20 The recordable injury (no lost time) was reset Saturday after an employee suffered a heat-related injury. The clock had ticked up to 115 days - only 13 days short of a record - without an injury. It is also the ninth recordable injury of the year.

In addition, the injury reset the 'Lost Time' clock after a record-shattering 263 days. That beat CCWD's old lost time record by 98 days.  There had not been a lost-time injury at CCWD since Sept. 27, 2016.

Robert Wolverton and Brandon Chalk Earn Safety Stars For Assisting at Early Morning Car Accident 

6/8 Robert Wolverton and Brandon Chalk earned Safety Stars for their work in assisting at a three-car accident in front of District Center on May 31. Both were among the first people at the scene of the early morning crash and assisted a seriously-wounded crash victim and also worked to control traffic to make the intersection safe.  Both used their safety training at the accident scene.  "It's actions like these that were demonstrated by these gentlemen that remind us what concern and safety is all about," said District Safety Committee Acting Chair Mary Dunn. 

Bill Cambra Earns SPOT For Noticing Missing Insulation

The Operators at Randall Bold Water Treatment Plant were performing a routine chlorine container change out which requires the use of an overhead crane.  When the job was completed and the crane was put back to its stand-by position, Bill Cambra noticed that approximately six inches of insulation was missing from the electrical cord.  He immediately notified maintenance and the plant supervisor of the issue and the crane was repaired. He earned a SPOT Award. "Great initiative by Bill to inspect equipment used in our daily work to prevent potential electrical shock and great work by the supervisors to recognize him," said acting Health & Safety Manager John Parsons.

Randy Anduza Recognized with SPOT Award Identifying Road Plate Hazards

 Randy Anduza was recorgnized with a SPOT Award for his swift action identifying structural hazards with steel road plates. Randy took the initiative to test the treads on the plates and found that five plates were out of specification and could have resulted in a safety hazard or an accident. Randy reported this to his supervisor and the plated were sent out for repair. "Great initiative by Randy to inspect equipment used in our daily work and great work by the supervisors to recognize him," said Acting Manager of Health & Safety John Parsons.  

Updated 'Contractors' Safe Practices Handbook' Available Now Online

3/30 If you work with contractors, they and their employees need to be familiar with the updated "Contractor/Consultant Safe Practices Handbook". It's now available online. Click on the link below, or find it in this website's Safety Library.

Read the Handbook

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2016-2017 Safe Practices Handbook Available Online

10/7 The updated 2016-201 Safe Practices Handbook is now available online.

Within its 47 pages are everything from Safety Committee member names and important phone lists, to guidance on operating equipment and working safely in the office.   Take a look! 
Year Number of Lost Time injuries Number of Recordable Injuries (lost time and non-lost time
The record without a "lost time" injury is 263 days, set in June 2017 

The record without a "recordable" injury is 128 days, set in May 2016.