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MassDOT's 2nd annual Workplace Summit this week focused on development of one of the most successful strategies to comply with Governor Deval Patrick's Executive Order 511 for workplace safety. Nineteen committees across four divisions were established in 2010 representing labor and management.  Committees completed workplace surveys regarding hazards faced in the workplace and identified standards that could be adopted to mitigate those hazards and made recommendations to improve workplace safety. Completed surveys were summarized and forwarded to the Massachusetts Department of Labor for the identification and future adoption of statewide standards and best practices. 

On Thursday, March 31, findings and priorities from the surveys were presented at the Workplace Summit and an organizational structure was proposed to improve workplace safety.  At the Summit George Noel, Director of the Labor for the Commonwealth, praised MassDOT progress on its workplace safety program.  MassDOT Board Member Janice Loux urged MassDOT to create a culture of safety and provided ways to do so.  All in attendance were reminded that safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility. Administrators reinforced their commitment to work with all levels of their divisions to identify workplace safety issues and address them in short order. 

Del Valle Award, March 31, 2011
MassDOT also awarded the first annual Milena Del Valle Safety Award to Mike Brock, a member of the MBTA Safety Department who has dedicated the last 23 years of his career to improving the overall safety of the state’s public transit system for its 1.2 million daily customers. He has on a daily basis improved safety by investigating accidents and derailments, performing audits, and reviewing engineering plans for vehicle and station safety. He also proactively established a new derailment investigation seminar to help prevent derailments.

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