This week marks the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in the history of our organization. One year ago, Tyrone Hairston died while engaged in the installation of a light pole along our city streets. We lost a coworker and friend to many in the organization.
A year ago, I made a commitment to our employees that we would review the incident in great detail, seek outside professional expertise to provide recommendations for any needed changes to our safety program, and to ensure this type of accident does not happen again.
I am announcing the completion of the Serious Accident Review Team (SART) investigation. As I committed to our team last April, I would share the findings upon completion, and have attached the final reports to this blog post for your information. The reports identified significant safety issues, and the city is taking appropriate disciplinary actions in response to this report and the city’s internal investigation.
It’s critical that safety always remain our top priority, and I can report that steps have been taken to strengthen our safety program. Although much work has been done, we will not let up until every employee feels safe.
- The city added a new Safety Officer position, who is responsible for the proactive coordination of the overall safety program, and ensuring that key safety communications, written programs, and safety trainings are updated and delivered.
- Safety procedures have been reviewed and enhanced. For example, work crews must conduct pre-job hazard analyses and briefings to ensure proper identification of potential hazards, safe practices are in place, and proper selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is deployed.
This week, our employees and members of the City Council took time to remember Tyrone on the anniversary of his passing. I hope you, too, remember his life, and the importance of safety in the workplace.
Serious Accident Review Team Investigation Report - April 2019