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* News Release *
Thursday, April 21, 2005
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens recognized several of his employees earlier this week for completing a series of on-the-job safety training courses. The training included construction site safety, proper use of hand and power tools, equipment use and inspections, electrical safety, hazard communications, working in confined spaces and with ladders and scaffolding, and fire prevention.

Fifty-one BCEO employees now have dual certification from the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) for construction safety training. Additionally, all field crews have completed the 10-hour OSHA construction safety training, and all field supervisors have completed the 10-hour and the 30-hour OSHA advanced construction safety training.

"At-work safety is critical," Wilkens said. "As we work every day toward our goal of safer roads, it is important that our employees be safe in the process. Safety training has paid dividends. It shows in our productivity and the fact that we have fewer and fewer accidents. This goes hand in hand with our overall philosophy of creating value for the taxpayers and making the BCEO the best engineer's office in Ohio."

Butler County Department of Safety Director Utah Bailey noted that the BCEO is probably the only engineer's office that has embarked on this type of training. He added, "This was also the first step in what we hope will become a Countywide safety training program. Most of the training was performed in-house by local County employees who are certified trainers. No outside funds were used."

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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