Posted Friday, April 15th, 2011

The Morris County government, one county government department and one division of county government are being recognized by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for their outstanding work related safety records.

The county government, the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Buildings and Grounds Division of the Department of Public Works are being honored with the Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards for the prevention of workplace injury and illness.

Cathy Burd, the county’s Director of Risk Management, said the Law and Public Safety Department, under the direction of Scott DiGiralomo, is receiving a Citation of Merit for having no cases of lost work related injury time among its 104 employees in more than 137,900 hours worked in 2010.

The Buildings and Grounds Division, led by Superintendent Chris Walker, is being presented with a Developmental Group Award for having only two cases of work related injuries last year resulting in 73 days away from work out of more than 135,500 work hours among its 81 employees, Burd said.

A Recognition Award goes to the county government, which had 20 employees, excluding law enforcement and the Morris View Nursing Home, out of 985 lose a total of 276 work days out of 1,405,330 hours worked in 2010, Burd said.

The Morris County Freeholders said they are extremely proud of the safety record compiled by county employees, and they reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for county workers.

The Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards program is in its 83rd year, and is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey State Safety Council and the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee.