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Posted by MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan

This week became, somewhat unintentionally, safety awareness week.

We all awoke on Wednesday to news that our colleague Eddie Rowe fell into a shaft at the Charles Street T station while working on the Longfellow Bridge project.  The situation ended with a dramatic rescue by the Boston Fire Department.  We are all thankful that Eddie is going to recover from his injuries.  But we all know that we need to do more to prevent the situation from occurring. 

Yesterday, we held our second annual Safety Summit at which Director Loux urged us to create a culture of safety and our team of Lorenzo Parra, Tom Broderick, and Randy Clarke provided reports on the progress we are making on the implementation of Governor Patrick’s Executive Order (no. 511) on workplace safety.  We also were reminded – again – that safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility.  And, we gave the first annual Milena Del Valle Award to Mike Brock, a 23-year veteran of the safety department at the T.

The challenge before us is clear – to put the talk and planning into action.  You can help by getting involved in any one of several labor/management committees that are being established.  An invitation will be made available shortly.  You can also help by making the creation of a safe work environment a priority for you and your co-workers.  Let others know about the importance of safety; ask yourself if what you are doing is safe; and actively make safety considerations a part of your work.  The Board, the Division Administrators and I can help by making resources available to you and by providing important safety training. 

With the strength of Governor Patrick’s order and support throughout the organization for constant attention to safety, I am confident that we will make more progress.  Please keep at it until we can confidently say that every week is safety awareness week at the DOT. 

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