FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2012) – Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown presented the Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) in Owensboro with a Governor’s Safety and Health Award.The 74 employees of RWRA have worked more than 277,000 hours without a lost-time incident.
“This award signifies the emphasis that RWRA managers and employees place on worker safety,” said Brown. “This award covers a two-year span of time and builds upon the agency’s efforts to incorporate safety policies and procedures and enhance their safety program.”
The Governor’s Safety and Health Award provides special recognition for outstanding safety and health performance and encourages the development of programs designed to reduce and even eliminate occupational injuries and illnesses. The award is given to employers and their employees who together have achieved the required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness.
Holly Castlen, safety manager for the wastewater treatment plant, said that employees there face hazards every shift. “Our employees are at risk for injury every day. They conduct confined space entries and trenching activities; they work in traffic and with heavy machinery,” she said. “This award is an acknowledgement that safety is a priority.”
RWRA is the sewer utility for Daviess County. Operations include wastewater treatment and sewer line construction, repair and maintenance.