safety award

EASY LIFT — Welder and fabricator Casey Steel of the El Dorado Irrigation District created this platform and padlocked retaining system for EID construction crews to access the earth compactor and jack hammer with minimal back strain. Photo courtesy EID


Safety award for EID employee

By From page B1 | January 29, 2014

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.

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.

Michael Raffety

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