USACE Omaha District receives Nebraska Safety Council award for 28th consecutive year

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
Story by Capt. Ryan Hignight

Date: 05.15.2019
Posted: 05.15.2019 15:55
News ID: 322541
Omaha District Representatives pose with the District's 28th consecutive safety award

With more than 1,200 employees and 700,000 square miles within its area of responsibility, the Omaha District spends a lot of time, money and effort on safety and occupational health throughout the Command, and it’s paying off dividends. For the 28th consecutive year, the Omaha District has been named one of the Nebraska Safety Council’s “Nebraska’s Safest Companies with Distinction”.
The safety award was presented to Lt. Col. James Startzell, Deputy District Commander, and representatives of the District’s safety team at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 15.

The NSC established the safety award to highlight organizations with successful safety programs throughout the state of Nebraska. The NSC’s mission is to promote safety and health by providing programs, resources, education and advocacy to reduce both the personal and economic loss associated with injuries, accidents, and health hazards. The NSC is a private nonprofit organization that partners with businesses, schools, law enforcement, firefighters, hospitals and Nebraska communities to provide education and training focused on keeping Nebraskans safe.

The Omaha District has an exemplary safety record that is more than 50% better than the national average compared to their industry classification, implemented comprehensive safety programs, and record of taking proactive steps to demonstrate a commitment to safety.

“Winning ‘Nebraska’s Safest Company Award’ clearly illustrates the District’s commitment to safety,” said Jeff Skrivanek, Omaha District’s Safety and Occupational Health Chief. “Without the support and dedication of employees on the front line, the effectiveness of integrating and implementing safety within that workplace or activity would not be achievable.”

The Omaha District continues to promote a culture of proactively identifying hazards, with the goal of increasing organizational safety and occupational health involvement. This ultimately ensures an effective and efficient accomplishment of the Omaha District’s multiple missions. The Omaha District will remain focused on continual improvement within the safety management system.

Skrivanek leads a small but strong team enforcing Omaha District safety standards, and supporting management and employees with safety and health implementation. His team, including Skrivanek, often travels to the District’s various work sites, whether it may be one of the six hydroelectric dams along the Missouri River or the multiple constructions sites across the District’s footprint, for example.

The safety team does more than just inspections; the team jumps into action any time there is an accident on a Corps-managed site. Whether it is a vehicle rollover, a strained back due to improper lifting techniques or a tumble down the stairs due to poor balance, the safety team engages those involved to ensure the incident is documented, and that any lessons learned are shared across the District. Often, the safety team opens an investigation to look into the accident more closely, to discover the leading cause and to decide if it could have been prevented.

Safety and occupational health is a team effort that requires involvement at all levels throughout the District. The District’s senior leaders commend all employees that actively participate and support the District’s Safety and Occupational Health program.

“Everybody is accountable for safety,” said Skrivanek. “Our Omaha District team’s dedication to maintaining a safe and healthy environment shines through this safety award and truly highlights the District’s emphasis on employee care.”