2010 SPOT Safety Recognition

Stu Hamilton & Jeff Bickford, Grounds Maintenance Assistants
December 28, 2010
During tree work, both Stu and Jeff took initiative to move the chipper truck forward to create more space between the truck and the work area, making the job task safer. This is Stu's 4th Safety Medal.

Fred Simon, Senior Engineer
December 9, 2010
As an employee was exiting the rear of the Admin Building, Fred noticed a hose across the doorway and warned her of it, preventing a potential tripping accident. Fred followed this action by communicating directly with the construction contractor, explaining the safety issue and having the hose moved. Fred showed safety leadership by taking this extra step to ensure the safety of others in the building.

Don Spahn, Maintenance Mechanic
December 6, 2010
Don noticed a defective plug on vehicle number 855’s 220V electrical system. Don “red-tagged” the plug and notified his supervisor. His actions possibly prevented a serious electrical shock.

Scott Nelson, Operations Management Supervisor
December 2, 2010
On October 15, Scott went out to San Miguel Road to perform a routine trial shutdown for a valve replacement project when he noticed that an air relief valve (ARV) on the 36” transmission main had been undermined during construction of BART’s seismic retrofit project. Scott took immediate action to secure the ARV. He identified a potentially hazardous situation, closed the air valve and contacted Engineering to follow-up with BART to rectify the situation. Scott’s quick actions prevented the possibility of flooding occurring in the area.

Jeff J. Arnold, Utility Worker
December 2, 2010
Jeff noticed that the crew at Bailey PS was about to jack hammer red-colored concrete, an indicator of subsurface electrical power lines. Jeff recommended that the lines be de-energized prior to jack hammering. Jeff’s recommendation prevented a possible electrocution.

Roger Nakagawa, Operations Management Supervisor
November 30, 2010
Roger took the initiative to organize safety training covering tractor mowing equipment operations. Roger’s efforts outreached to include East County and Watershed personnel.

Don Nickells, Maintenance Mechanic
November 18, 2010
Don observed an employee without safety glasses trying to jump start a vehicle battery. Don reminded him of the eye hazard and gave the employee a pair of safety glasses.

Ryan Lindsey, MSEO
November 1, 2010
After noticing that an excavation was giving off petroleum-based fuel odors, Ryan requested that the Safety Officer evaluate the work-site before proceeding with work.

John Gonsalves, MSEO
October 22, 2010
During an inspection, John noticed the “glad-hand” on a dump truck was turned the wrong way so there was a risk that the whip from the trailer to become uncoupled, which would have applied the brakes to the trailer and caused an unsafe condition.

Tracy Woodard, Lab Technician
October 28, 2010
Tracy noticed that one of the contractors was using an impact drill but not using hearing protection, although it was readily available. Tracy notified the District Construction Liaison and Inspector who responded, and the contractor put on hearing protection. Tracy acted in the true spirit of the CCWD safety culture, considering the safety of all persons.

Matt Dunn, MSEO
October 28, 2010
Matt stopped a District worker from entering the rear of a leak truck while its diesel generator was running and prevented the worker from exposure to harmful carbon monoxide levels.

Clayton Funk, Grounds Maintenance Assistant

October 27, 2010
Clayton modified Los Vaqueros’ hot tar crack sealing machine with holders for all tools, propane bottles and placed heat shields where needed. This increased safety for all who use it.

Stu Hamilton, Grounds Maintenance Assistant
October 22, 2010
Last month, Stu removed a rattlesnake from the front porch of the residence above the Los Vaqueros Marina. A resident was stuck in her house and wasn’t able to leave due to the poisonous snake at the bottom of the stairs. Stu removed the snake with snake tongs and relocated it far away from her residence

Alan Kalaw, Construction Inspector
October 14, 2010
At the Bollman Clear Well Seismic Project, Alan noticed the slope ratio for an excavation was not compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Alan stopped the contractor and made sure the excavation slope was made safe. His efforts may have prevented a potential cave-in of the excavation, along with the possibility of a worker being seriously injured.

Ed Nishikawa, Microbiologist
October 12, 2010
Ed reported the fall hazard at the sampling site at Old River PS. Samples are collected from a ledge with no guard railing. Access to the site is down a steep dirt path. An ESR is under development that will provide for steps and a guardrail. In rainy, wet weather it is entirely possible for a person to slip going down the path and slide into Old River. A PFD is always worn at this site.

Gill Mendoza, Senior Cross Connection Inspector
October 10, 2010
Upon leaving the Concord Yard, Gill noticed that 3 contract employees were working inside the corporation yard trimming trees with chainsaws. The contract employees were not wearing hard hats or safety glasses while performing the tree trimming. Gill notified his supervisor of the safety concern so that the oversight could be resolved. Gill took the time to ensure that all persons working on behalf of the District were working safely.

Steve Winniford, MSEO
September 30, 2010
Steve noticed that when the leak trucks’ generator is running, exhaust fumes would drift into the back storage area and create a potential carbon monoxide hazard. Steve suggested cutting vents to increase ventilation.

Richard Broad, Engineering Services Coordinator
September 29, 2010
On his way home Friday night, Richard saw 2 teens fishing inside the canal fence at the base of the Contra Loma Reservoir. He approached them and asked them to leave immediately because of unsafe conditions. He found out the teens climbed over the fence. Both the Safety Officer and Canal Patrol were notified to prevent future unsafe access to District facilities.

Butch Martinez, Operations Management Supervisor & Carol Ginochio, Crew Leader
September 24, 2010
While driving down Bates Avenue, Butch and Carol both noticed 2 loading ramps that had been dropped in the middle of the road. Butch coned off the area while he removed the hazard. Carol took the initiative to bring a trailer to the site and assisted in the removal of the metal loading ramps from the roadway. Several cars were observed hitting the ramps. Carol and Butch did great work preventing a possible vehicle accident.

Dave Omoto, Environmental Compliance Officer
September 24, 2010
Dave noticed that a contractor did not have all the equipment needed to safely perform emissions testing of the Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant (WTP) diesel generator. Dave assisted the contractor in procuring a proper ladder for the job to ensure the work was performed safely.

Kris Leffle, MSEO
September 22, 2010
Kris made good suggestions to protect the work area from undermined pavement at the 2nd Morello Avenue main break. His actions kept the work area and 1st responders safer. Kris also made sure everyone had proper PPE and if they didn’t have it, he got it for them.

Jennifer Allen, Senior Public Information Specialist
September 22, 2010
Jennifer showed excellent safety leadership when dealing with the media responding in mass to the 2nd Morello main break. Media was pressing to get direct access to the work location without any PPE. Jennifer made it clear what the hazards were and that their safety was in jeopardy by not having the proper PPE.

Darin Regli, Construction Inspector
September 22, 2010
Darin installed warning signs at the Tesoro Meter Site due to the unsafe walkway. His actions helped warn of a potential leg/ankle injury due to the conditions of the walkway.

Stuart Engle, Corrosion Control Technician
September 17, 2010
Stu showed great initiative by preparing and delivering safety training on electrical shock hazards. Stu’s training included warning information on the existing electrical shock hazard associated with the Taylor main and recommendations to prevent electrical shocks.

Matt Underwood, MSEO
September 14, 2010
During a main break on Morello Avenue, Matt noted that a portion of the street was undermined. Matt spray painted the undermined portion of the street as a warning to help prevent his co-workers from falling into the excavation.

Mike Farry, Crew Leader
September 2, 2010
In preparation to install a “blow off” on Cowell Rpad, the Service Crew excavated near a 2-inch gas main that was mismarked by 3-feet. After some extensive hand digging, the gas main was found along with a unmarked 2-inch plastic gas tee coming off the mismarked line. Mike's persistence to find the gas main prevented the damage to the unmarked line. Mike then notified PG&E to respond to the site to re-mark their facilities.

Scott Nelson, Operations Management Supervisor
September 2, 2010
Over the years, many strain injuries have resulted from lifting valve can lids. Scott identified a new valve can design where lids are much less likely to be stuck. The new design has been implemented with great success.

Brian Sweeney, Maintenance Mechanic
September 2, 2010
While working to replace fluorescent bulbs in recessed fixtures of the Computer Room, Brian noticed severe damage to the relatively new light fixture and brought this to the attention of Jim Morton. Brian reported the damage to his supervisor and showed genuine concern for why the damage occurred. The fixture is being investigated for defect. A real fire hazard was discovered and is being corrected.

Nate Porto, Crew Leader
September 1, 2010
Nate has demonstrated initiative and safety leadership in regards to metatarsal protection, which is required when using a jackhammer. Nate took it upon himself to search for different models of metatarsal protectors that would be better suited for the valve crews. His leadership has contributed to safety in the work area. He is also recognized for his creative efforts in the fabrication of a new GO5 valve box lifting tool, which allows for safer transportation/lifting of the GO5 valve box.

Linda Lucido, Crew Leader & Harvey Nieto, Utility Worker
August 26, 2010
Linda and Harvey worked collaboratively on creating a tool which greatly reduces the strain on their lower backs. Their work requires them to move and park the truck up to 30 times per day which involves a wheel chock to be placed under one of the drive wheels. Both Linda and Harvey created a simple hook to alleviate the constant bending over to retrieve the wheel chock. Their initiative and “out-of-the box” thinking directly contributed to safety in the work area.

John Howard, Assistant Watershed Specialist
August 23, 2010
John made himself available to Antioch staff to provide additional fire watch during dam mowing. The fire danger was higher than expected. John did an excellent job - he was dressed in all his safety gear and followed all proper protocols. He communicated well with others. A small fire started and he put it out immediately. He provided a great example of how this job should be done throughout the district.

Jill Suitos-Novak, Office Services Clerk
August 20, 2010
Jill Suitos-Novak noticed an elderly woman walking a dog in the front of District Center. Jill spoke to the woman who asked her to call her house. Nobody answered. But Jill didn't quit. She continued to call until someone answered. Turns out her family was out looking for her. She had been missing for 3 hours!! Jill's awareness and persistence avoided a possible tragic situation.

Stuart Hamilton, Grounds Maintenance Assistant
August 20, 2010
While driving on the Highway 4 bypass, Tom Branch had a flat tire and had to change it by the side of the road. This was just after 3:30 p.m. during rush hour so the traffic was heavy and the speed limit is 55 miles per hour (mph). Stu was on his way home, noticed Tom’s situation, turned around, came back, and assisted Tom in changing the tire. He helped remove the tire and acted as a traffic watch so Tom could concentrate on jacking the car up without being distracted by the oncoming traffic. With Stu’s help, the tire was changed safely and Tom was back on the road much faster than if he had had to do it alone. Stu could have easily kept going and Tom would never have known he passed by. His concern for Tom’s safety and his awareness of the hazardous situation helped avoid a possible accident.

Rick Madrigal, Water Systems Technician
August 19, 2010
Rich noted a damaged man-screen at an Antioch Service Center siphon, and replaced the man-screen.

Julie Tessener, Microbiologist
August 13, 2010
Julie noticed the 1st gate when entering Mallard Slough had been damaged recently and its condition was deteriorating rapidly. The horizontal support bar was cracked and sagging, requiring anyone opening it to lift and carry it open. Additionally, it was in danger of complete collapse. Julie brought up the safety concern and the gate has now been fixed. Julie has made Mallard Slough a safer place to access.

Reggie Borders, Assistant Storekeeper
August 12, 2010
Reggie witnessed a fellow employee operating a forklift without training and certification. He instructed the employee to ask his supervisor to provide proper training and averted a potential unsafe situation.

Greg Dixon & Stuart Hamilton, Grounds Maintenance Assistants
August 12, 2010
Greg and Stu helped design and fabricate a new innovative valve can lid puller. The new puller is designed for the hard-to-pull valve can lids. It has a vertical base with a pivot arm that enables a person to push down on the arm with their foot to pop the lid. The goal of this device is to eliminate strain on the body when using the conventional hand pullers.

Kris Leffle, MSEO
August 11, 2010
While doing the daily safety inspection of his dump and backhoe trailer, Kris noted rust and discoloration of the lug nuts on 1 trailer wheel. He was concerned that the cause was loose lug nuts. He contracted Central County Maintenance (Butch and Sal) to torque lug nuts. Subsequent inspection determined the lug nuts were still tight, however it was also revealed this trailer and 3 others purchased in the Fall of 2009 had not had the lug nuts re-torqued since delivery. All the trailers' lug nuts are now re-torqued as part of the routine 90-day BIT inspections.

Bill Cambra, Treatment Plant Operator
August 11, 2010
Bill has made several significant suggestions to improve how we change chlorine ton containers. Along with that, he made a few other suggestions that will help prevent possible leaks due to material fatigue. Treatment has implemented 2 changes already and will make more soon. Bill is an excellent example of the daily importance safety plays in the workplace at the treatment plants.

Clayton Funk, Grounds Maintenance Assistant
August 11, 2010
When Public Affairs was setting up for a Los Vaqueros event, Clayton helped make the event safer. He opened the umbrellas on the Interpretive Center patio, and noticed that they did not fit securely on the poles and could be knocked or blown over onto a visitor. He did not hesitate to fix the problem by going down to the corporate yard, cutting lengths of copper pipe, and using the pipe to fix the umbrellas to make them safe. His solution held up well for the entire event.

Mark Swisher, Watershed Resources Specialist
August 11, 2010
At a Los Vaqueros event last July, Public Affairs and Los Vaqueros staff were breaking down tables and chairs in 100 degree weather. Earlier in the day, they had spent a couple of hours on set up, so they were tired. Mark insisted that Public Affairs staff take a break and go inside and get a drink. He insisted on the break because it wasn't safe to keep working in that weather without taking a break.

Renee Lancaster, Engineering Technician
August 9, 2010
Renee noticed an aggressive pit-bull behind a broken fence during a field visit. The dog could have easily escaped through a broken fence. She immediately alerted the property owner of the situation and the dog was chained. Renee also informed her Supervisor and Safety Officer to ensure other District staff working in this area in the near future are aware of the situation.

Chuck Gehrke, Senior Meter Technician
August 6, 2010
Chuck took initiative and researched the manufacturer's instruction manuals for backflow devices to help in developing safe procedures for their installation.

Steve Winniford, Utility Worker
August 6, 2010
Steve noticed a contractor had left a 2 foot deep hole in the ground unattended, and placed a safety cone over the hole to prevent someone from accidentally stepping in the hole.

Tracy Woodard, Lab Technician
August 3, 2010
New poly tanks are being installed at Bollman WTP with a new safety shower/eyewash. The showers are being installed within 3 horizontal feet of 2 light switches, an electrocution hazard. As a result, a ground fault circuit interrupter will be installed for the light switch.

Allyn Moise, Crew Leader; John Gonsalves, Utility Worker; Alfredo Ibarra, Senior Equipment Operator & Michael Gargalikis, Utility Worker
August 2, 2010
Allyn and his crew kept a small spot fire contained until the Fire Department responded. No loss of property or injuries resulted.

Amelia Berumen, Senior Clerk
July 26, 2010
Amelia continues to provide critical support to the Safety Committee, actively participating and adding valuable input, and communicating out key action items. Amelia's dedication to improving safety can be seen as she regularly goes above and beyond in completing her Safety Committee responsibilities. Amelia's safety committee peers view her as a District safety leader.

Rick Fisher & Ryan Lindsey, MSEOs
July 23, 2010
Rick and Ryan volunteered to be trainers of employees aspiring to be Multi-Skilled Equipment Operators (MSEOs). Their efforts will help prevent serious incidents from occurring and enhance the safe operation of heavy equipment for many years to come.

John Nies, Crew Leader
July 20, 2010
John noticed a contractor using District equipment without authorization and training. He stopped the contractor, and reported it to his supervisor.

Tony Lindberg, Treatment Plant Operator
July 19, 2010
Tony has noticed that chemical sumps in secondary containment have been a haven for mosquitoes. With concerns for West Nile, he has begun adding a small amount of chlorine and pumped sumps out regularly. This has become a benefit for all staff at CBWTP. Tony is a leader and an example for safety awareness and compliance.

Earl Levingston, Water Systems Technician
July 15, 2010
Earl was working at the pumping plants on overtime when Operations Control asked him to investigate a leak in Martinez. Earl responded quickly and when he arrived on the scene he recognized that the leak could cause serious flooding to a nearby church and residence and create an unsafe condition for the residents. He took immediate action to remedy the problem rather than wait for other crews. This prevented a potentially unsafe condition for the public as well as other workers.

Ron Gardner, Senior Treatment Plant Operator
July 10, 2010
Ron has led the Operations Team at RB and CBWTP in safety awareness and oversaw several lockout/tagout and confined space jobs. He makes sure all staff, including maintenance staff are safe and aware of all job hazards. He is vigilant in ensuring hard hat and safety glass procedures are communicated and followed.

Harvey Nieto, Utility Worker
July 9, 2010
Harvey always exhibits a great safety attitude and is always wearing his PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, etc.). He always places cones and wheel chocks without having to be instructed to do so. Harvey sets a great example to all.

Tim Kirby, Utility Worker
June 25, 2010
Tim noticed that one of the rear tires of Steve Arnold’s van had a bolt embedded in it. Tim let Steve know about the tire before Steve drove the van from the yard. Tim's alertness to safety may have prevented a vehicle accident.

Butch Martinez, Operations Management Supervisor
June 25, 2010
Butch consistently has been an example of great safety leadership for his crews and for the District. For Butch, safety is always 1st no matter how intense the production pressure he faces. Butch always starts the day with a safety tailgate and does not allow safety rules to be bent for the sake of convenience. Butch is a member of the Safety Improvement Task Force and has been a major force for positive change in the District safety culture.

Chuck Gehrke, Senior Meter Technician
June 15, 2010
Chuck identified an unsecured gate on the canal non-operational side lining fence prior to work at the site for an untreated water service renewal. The gate opens towards the canal onto a steep earthen embankment. Chuck brought the issue to a supervisor's attention and made sure the area was secured before he left the job site. Taking the initiative in safety benefits not only district employees, but the public as well.

Jason Schneider, Utility Worker
June 11, 2010
Jason has continued to demonstrate exceptional safety leadership by taking the initiative to intervene and take corrective action to follow established SOP's. Jason noticed old pipe discarded next to the debris bin. He immediately followed the Disposal, Recycling and Salvage Operation SOP by wrapping it in plastic and taping the pipe before putting in the yellow debris box. He was nominated by fellow employees for his commitment to safety in the work area. This is Jason's 2nd CCWD Safety Recognition Award.

Randy Anduza, Utility Worker

June 3, 2010
Randy researched information on his own time to find a solution to mark the new pump hose ramps with reflective material.

Brian Sweeney, Maintenance Mechanic
May 27, 2010
Brian noticed an employee working around a forklift in an unsafe manner. The employee did not realize he was being unsafe and told Brian's supervisor that he was grateful that Brain let him know he was being unsafe.

Dan Mello, Crew Leader
May 24, 2010
Dan was nominated by his co-workers for his dedication to safety. Dan ensures everyone around him, on and off the job site, is aware of possible hazards, and encourages the use of proper PPE.

Matt Kehoe, Utility Worker
May 21, 2010
Matt witnessed District contract workers entering an excavation without hard hats and safety glasses. Matt showed safety leadership by telling the contractor that proper PPE is needed when entering excavations.

Rene Romiski, Senior Treatment Plant Operator
May 20, 2010
Rene encountered a situation where a maintenance crew needed to drain hypochlorite (a hazardous material) from system piping. The Bollman Water Treatment Plant was shut down and there was no way to safely drain the chemical without creating a hazardous situation. Rene developed a plan to install a valve manifold to allow capture of chemical into a bucket. Her idea allowed the work to be safely performed and will be extremely valuable for similar situations in the future.

Diane Rybicki, Canal Safety Guard
May 14, 2010
Diane observed employees trimming trees at Antioch Service Center. Several of the employees removed their hard hats and continued to work. Diane noticed them without their hard hats and went outside and told them they needed to put their hard hats back on.

Jim Meilandt, David Perez, Maintenance Mechanics
May 7, 2010
Jim and Dave immediately warned a USBR surveyor walking at Los Vaqueros that he was about to step over a rattlesnake. The quick warning helped the surveyor avoid a snakebite.

Jason Schneider, Chris Overton, Ivan Wiker, Richard Creedon, Joe Teixeira & Gill Mendoza; Cross Connection Department
May 6, 2010
The department took the opportunity to point out a safety issue when working on large backflow devices. The idea to build a working platform was discussed, and will be implemented by Maintenance. This is to avoid having to stand on the devices. Great idea for a hazardous condition.

Pam Gibson, Crew Leader
May 4, 2010
Pam was called to a service hit in Concord. When she arrived she found the contractor had no USA ticket for a large street renewal project, Pam spoke to the contractor who wasn't concerned and said he didn't need to bother with USA's locate marks despite the fact he had just hit our service. Pam called her supervisor who then called the city inspector overseeing the job. The inspector went to the job site and shut the contractor down until proper USA marks were obtained. The city inspector called and asked me to thank Pam as the contractor's actions had high potential for an accident.

Doug Funk, Crew Leader
April 29, 2010
Immediately after a new employee was assigned to Doug's crew, Doug was making sure that the employee was outfitted with the required safety gear. This type of safety leadership demonstrates that Doug values safety not only himself, but others. His action ensures the new employee is focused on safety instantly.

Stan Martinez, Crew Leader
April 30, 2010
Stan questioned the continuation of an old excavation SOP rule allowing for pavement removal using powered tools without waiting for locate marks. Stan resisted production pressure and followed the new rule. As a crew leader, Stan consistently follows safety rules, and also ensures everyone on his crew follow the rules.

Jake Wallin, Maintenance Mechanic
April 22, 2010
Jake's safety leadership has been of the single biggest reasons for the District's positive change in safety culture. In his roles as safety committee chairman and Bollman Maintenance Mechanic, Jake has shown drive and persistence to improve safety. His attitude towards safety excellence is unwavering even in the midst of adversity.

Joy Relos, Senior Clerk
April 22, 2010
Joy witnessed a potential accident/injury situation with an employee scaling an obstacle. The employee was contacted immediately and reminded of practicing safe work habits and will use proper procedures. Taking the initiative in safety benefits everyone.

Gil Moore, Utility Worker
April 21, 2010
Gil Moore shows safety leadership by speaking up whenever he sees unsafe work habits. Gil is not deterred when he is given a hard time for speaking up for safety.

Robert Wolverton
April 9, 2010
Robert has been nominated by his team as a constant "contributor to safety in the work area". This has led to increased safety awareness on the crew. Having the confidence to speak up when an issue arises will help prevent injuries.

Chris Hentz
April 5, 2010
Chris has continued to demonstrate exceptional safety leadership on a number of recent occasions; including: identified that a number of Engineering staff have not seen the safety videos at the treatment plants. He obtained copies and coordinated a training (March 29, 2010); identified potential safety issues during a USBR inspection of District facilities on March 9, 2010 and worked with Operations Management staff member Tom Branch to ensure USBR performed the inspections following the District's safety procedures; continued working with USBR in advance of upcoming inspections to ensure they are trained on and adhere to the Districts requirements.

Charlie Wise
April 13, 2010
Charlie noticed that a manager (Steve Welch) at the site might possibly be exposed to a hearing injury when his crew started a compressor. Charlie addressed the manager before the compressor was started and ensured proper hearing protection was used before his team used loud tools. Charlie's site was clean; all equipment used safely; the site had warning signage; and his crew all worked safely and wearing proper PPE.

Shelly Wise
April 12, 2010
Shelly noticed coffee was spilled on the main stairs at District Center and immediately cleaned it up preventing a slip/fall hazard. Recognizing was 1 thing, then acting on it in a timely manner was super. This act was noticed by co-workers and brought to her Supervisor's attention.

Luis Orozco
April 7, 2010
While working at the Gregory Gardens tank site, Luis noticed wooden boards lying on the ground that were obscuring foot traffic. Some of the boards had nails through the wood that were sticking upwards. Luis recognized the hazard and detoured foot traffic until he was able to neutralize the hazard.

Jan Polewaczyk
March 31, 2010
Jan worked very hard and made several revisions to develop a "Line Breaking Procedure" that has been well received by Management and Staff. His document is crucial to ensuring personal safety and responsibility on very dangerous systems. Jan's efforts have made CCWD a much safer place to work!

Rachel Martin
March 24, 2010
Rachel Martin reviewed the contractor’s lift plan for the surge tanks being delivered this week at the AIP site. She verified, by taking direct field measurements, that the maximum radius for the lift could not be achieved for the North Surge Tank arriving on March 25.

This is an approximately 119,000 pound lift with major safety consequences. Rachel found the error, and confronted the contractor to correct the problem.

The contractor ultimately agreed to provide additional counter weights to increase the radius for the North Surge Tank lift.

This diligence on Rachel’s behalf and directness with the contractor may have prevented a serious accident, and she became the 5th CCWD employee to have been honored.

Alan Kalaw
March 23, 2010
A valve crew was closing a valve in a busy intersection and it became clear that additional traffic control was required. Alan Kalaw, who had been watching nearby, stepped in to lend a hand, without being asked. Alan’s actions directly influenced the safe completion of this job.

Taking the initiative in safety benefits everyone. Alan is the 4th recipient of the Safety Spot Recognition Program.

Tom Branch
March 10, 2010
On March 9, USBR was conducting an inspection of Contra Loma Dam. As part of the inspection, managers from USBR wanted to inspect the stilling well.

Maintenance Superintendent Tom Branch informed the inspection team that this was a confined space and the inspection team was not set up to do a confined space entry.

The team members indicated that they would be okay for a quick inspection, and Tom informed them again that he could not allow them to enter the space without the proper equipment.

A short time later, the team wanted to inspect the canal. Tom informed them they would need flotation devices if they were going near the canal. The team was reluctant to wear the devised until Tom explained the needs and the District's safety rules regarding the canal.

Tom is the 3rd recipient of the honor, and was recognized for influencing the safe completion of a job, enhancing the safety of others and safety leadership.

Dave Huey
March 15, 2010
Water Operations Manager Dave Huey was the 2nd person to earn recognition in the new CCWD Safety Spot Program.

Dave took a leadership role in responding to and resolving a safety issue brought forward by a fellow District employee. Specifically, the safety issue involved discrepancies pertaining to the District’s Lock and Tag Procedure and control of critical keys.

Dave displayed leadership in drafting a revised procedure for using a Lock Box in conjunction with the District’s Lock and Tag Procedure.

Mike Wickham
March 2, 2010
Bollman Water Treatment Plant Operator Michael Wickham - who was among those who created the new program - was named the 1st CCWD Safety Spot Recognition recipient on March 2.

Aside from his work on the new recognition program, Michael was named for his work at keeping all employees safe. "Mike displays good character by taking on responsibilities of a safety committee member with great enthusiasm," it was noted in his nomination. "Mike also shows courage, determination, and integrity when speaking about safety concerns, and moving toward the goal of keeping everyone safe. Mike truly represents a model employee for safety excellence."