The City of Morganton Water Treatment Plant staff recently earned statewide recognition for its commitment to safety in the workplace.
Water Resources Director Brad Boris and Water Plant Superintendent Raymond Presley attended the annual North Carolina American Water Works Association & Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) conference in Raleigh to accept the Walter J. Courmon Safety Award on behalf of the Water Treatment Plant’s staff.
The award recognizes an organization’s commitment to safety that is demonstrated by its practices. The NC AWWA-WEA said the City of Morganton Water Treatment Plant has a number of plans and programs that reinforce its dedication to safety. This included having monthly safety committee meetings; employees who regularly attend safety classes; exceptional hazard communication protocol and risk management programs; and having a work environment where employees are comfortable raising safety concerns.
The NC AWWA-WEA Risk Management Committee, which makes the selection for the award, specifically commended the plant’s practice of filing a report that is reviewed at several levels for any accident or “near-miss incident,” and noted that the Water Treatment Plant has not had an accident that resulted in lost time or putting an employee on restricted duty in 19 years.
The Walter J. Courmon Award was established on Feb. 5, 2002, to honor Walter J. Courmon, who was a Water Resources Safety Specialist with the City of Greensboro.
Morganton Water Plant Superintendent Raymond Presley, left, and Water Resources Director Brad Boris accepted the Walter J. Courmon Safety Award.