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* News Release *
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
For Immediate Release


The Butler County Engineer's Office continues to make great strides in work place safety, according to County Engineer Greg Wilkens. Workers in his office have now gone 13 months without a single lost-time injury. This marks the second time during Wilkens' tenure that such a feat has been accomplished.

"You have to give credit to our workers in the field, considering they are in a construction-type environment," said Jerry Garrett, BCEO Utilities and Safety Manager. "We have workers who perform bridge and culvert replacements, drive snow plows, do roadside mowing and brush cutting, ditching, sign installations, and roadway patching. Many of these jobs involve the skilled use of heavy machinery. So it's quite an accomplishment when you think about it."

Perhaps even more remarkable is that BCEO work crews have now gone over five years without damaging or cutting any underground utilities. A utility cut is defined as any damage to existing underground utilities during construction and excavation. This includes gas mains, electric lines, water mains, cable TV, and telephone lines.

"Absolute precision," Garrett emphasized. "This is a critical safety factor anytime you are digging underground and our crews have mastered the art. We are very proud of them."

Garrett himself must also share some of the credit, noted Wilkens. "Jerry is responsible for making sure all utilities are marked, moved, and cleared for every single project we do -- big and small. He is the vital link between every utility out there and our employees and contractors. Because of his 'behind-the-scenes' job, many citizens may not realize the important role he plays to personal and public safety as well as to maintaining daily utility services to homes and businesses without interruption."

The Engineer's Office holds numerous safety training sessions each year which are obviously paying off Wilkens said. "They've done an outstanding job. We value our field people and supervisors and that is why they participate in frequent safety training classes. We want to do everything we can to ensure a safe and efficient working environment."

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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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