Safety First: H2GO Receives George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award

After receiving the Disaster Preparedness Award from NC AWWA earlier this month and celebrating 2,000 Days of Safety earlier this year, H2GO is once again being recognized for their efforts to provide their employees with a safe working environment. H2GO has received the 2017 NC Water Environment Member Association George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award, recognizing their Belville Wastewater Treatment Plant. Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Brian Griffith, is also H2GO’s Safety Coordinator.            

The award ‘encourage(s) an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities, and to stimulate the collecting and reporting of injury data,’ something that Brian Griffith takes great pride in. “I’m honored to have received this award. This wouldn’t be possible without the leadership and support of my supervisors and fellow employees. It’s our goal to have an accident free workplace, and go home safe at the end of everyday,” says Griffith. H2GO has a number of different programs and plans to encourage safety among their employees, including: accident prevention programs; electrical safety programs; emergency action plans; fire prevention plans; personal protective equipment programs; and hazard communication programs among many others. The safety committee, led by Griffith, has also been a pivotal function to H2GO’s commitment to safety, meeting monthly and discussing new ideas of how to keep up the organization’s string of safety.            

“We are excited that our employees are being recognized for their commitment to a safe working environment,” says Tyler Wittkofsky, Public Information Officer. “We work hard to make sure we are all safe at work; our field guy’s jobs can be dangerous at times. By looking out for one another and ensuring we are all safe, we have built a commitment to safety that parallels that of a family.” H2GO will be recognized in Raleigh at the NC AWWA-WEA’s 97th Annual Conference on Tuesday November 14th. The day before, they will be recognized for their Disaster Preparedness Award and on the State level for their Utility of the Future Today Award.