AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Transportation’s Paris District, which serves nine local counties, was one of five districts statewide to achieve zero lost time injuries for FY 2012.
The Brownwood District holds the distinction of eight consecutive years without lost time on the job. Zero lost time records were also set in two of TxDOT’s regions and the agency’s Port Aransas Ferry operations.
TxDot says last year was the best ever for the agency in terms of safety in its 95 year history, citing the lowest number of injuries on record, lowest number of lost time injuries in department archives, and lowest number of lost-production days.
In a statement, Executive Director Phil Wilson said, “From the highways to the hallways, every single TxDOT team member played a crucial role in delivering their commitment to safety, and it’s because of their dedication that we can celebrate this amazing achievement. We must remain vigilant to practice safety first as our team members work amidst increasing traffic and hazardous conditions.”
Last year, TxDOT launched its Mission Zero Campaign, a public outreach program designed to reduce work zone construction accidents, injuries and fatalities. The campaign was recently named the 2012 winner of the American Road and Transportation Builder Association—Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Award. ARTBA is a transportation advocacy group promoting infrastructure investment.
The agency also reported that for the third year in a row, their historic safety record also ranked as the nation’s leader among all reporting state departments of transportation.
“Our most important job is getting our team home safely so that we can do the work Texas drivers depend on us to do,” Wilson added.