ITD and the Division of Highways departed from tradition when considering an appropriate recipient of the 2005 Safety Person of the Year award. Reflecting the level of commitment required to make the District 6 safety program so successful, the department settled not on a “safety person” but on a cadre of 10 individuals who collectively deserved the honor.
Resembling the supporting cast called forward to receive an Oscar for best motion picture, seven individuals moved to the front of a packed auditorium at Headquarters to share the award presented by Chief Engineer Steve Hutchinson.
Attending were Jerry Bates, Randy Drake, Brent Jennings, Brian Kremer, Guy Rainey, Casey Richardson and Elaine Wolf. Three other integral members of the District 6 Safety and Tort Committee were unable to attend – Darren Doss, Lyle Holden and Eric Larson.
Several important processes and programs were introduced after the district restructured and expanded the Safety Committee into a new Safety and Tort Committee, Hutchinson explained. He specifically mentioned:
“The District Safety and Tort Committee also works with the District EST to ensure the training calendar is well planned and includes classes that deal with safety,” Hutchinson said.
“The efforts and dedication of the Safety and Tort Committee members is recognized by District 6 management. It is because of these efforts, that all District 6 Safety and Tort Committee members have been awarded the ‘Safety Person of the Year’ award.”
Photo caption: Members of the committee, from left: Randy Drake (back), Casey Richardson, Jerry Bates, Guy Rainey, Elaine Wolf, Brian Kremer and Brent Jennings. Not pictured are Darren Doss, Lyle Holden and Eric Larson.