Water District Recognized for Commitment to Safety

Illinois American Water has announced the company’s Cairo District has gone 18 years without experiencing any lost-time accidents.

According to Michael Brown, Illinois American Water Cairo District’s Operations Superintendent, ensuring employees complete every job safely requires a daily commitment.

“The work we do is complex,” Brown said. “This is why our safety program is a top priority. We want our employees to go home in the same condition they arrived at work, if not better.”

The Cairo District conducts both classroom and hands-on training on a regular basis. Cairo District employees also participate in facility and job site audits at every job site to ensure compliance with established workplace safety practices. The district also equips its workforce with proper personal and work zone protection equipment, chemical handling requirements and training, and work zone safety training.

In both 2011 and 2017, Illinois American Water’s Cairo District received the American Water Works Association Wendell R. LaDue Utility Safety Award. The award recognizes distinguished safety programs by water utilities and requires excellent safety records for five consecutive years, as well as a consistent safety program focused on continuous improvement.

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