Illinois American Water celebrated several significant safety milestones in 2020. In May 2020, the wastewater service team in the Village of Godfrey, Ill. became the second Illinois American Water team to celebrate two decades without experiencing a single lost-time injury. In August 2020, the Cairo District added to their record and celebrated 21 years of safety excellence.
Beth Matthews, Illinois American Water Vice President of Operations, said, “These achievements are a testament to the long-time commitment to safety by our team members. We are proud to recognize our employees.”
Several other Illinois American Water teams also celebrated over a decade of safety milestones in 2020, including:
- 13 years, Alton Production Team – December 2020
- 12 years, Lincoln District – May 2020
- 12 years, Streator District – August 2020
Bernie Sebold, Senior Health & Safety Manager, credited the teams for their commitment to safety. “The work we do is complex, and with the pandemic our colleagues faced additional challenges. I am proud of how the company responded and our continued focus on not only delivering essential water and wastewater services to homes and businesses, but also remaining focused on safety.”
Illinois American Water employees work around the clock to provide critical water and/or wastewater service to homes and businesses. To provide these critical services for public health, fire protection and household uses, employees may need to work in confined spaces, among motorists and in extreme weather. Employees may also handle chemicals, conduct excavation, and operate equipment.
To support safe work practices, Illinois American Water employees attend training on a regular basis. Employees also participate in facility and job site audits to continue compliance with established workplace safety practices. The skilled workforce is also equipped with proper personal and work zone protection equipment, chemical handling requirements and training, work zone safety training, and more.