El Dorado Irrigation District welder and fabricator Casey Steel was a $100 winner of a safety award for “Field Ergonomics from the Association of California Water Agencies-Joint Powers Insurance Authority.
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Steel,who works in the district’s Fleet Services Division, designed and fabricated a lower platform on the back of district utility trucks compactor-vibrators and jack hammers, so construction crews could access those items with minimal lifting. The equipment is held in with mounting brackets and padlocks.
Steel also installed racks for traffic cones.
The soil compactor weighs 200 pounds and the jack hammer weighs 90 pounds.
“All modifications reduce potential for back injuries and improve field ergonomics,” noted a presentation to the Board of Directors Jan. 13.