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Kingsport Public Works racks up 1,000 incident-free days

Staff reports • Jul 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Water/Wastewater Distribution and Collection Division has worked 1,000 consecutive workdays without a lost time incident. A lost time incident is defined as an event that occurs at the place of employment that results in at least one full day away from work duties.

“Considering the work that is completed by these crews on a daily basis, this is a huge accomplishment,” said Water/Wastewater Distribution and Collection manager Chad Austin. “We practice the safe way, every day.”

“The Safe Way, Every Day” is the message used to remind city staff and city residents that the Public Works Department is constantly refining and improving its safety practices.

Examples of the work completed on a daily basis in this department are installing and repairing water and sewer pipes, traveling on roadways, setting up work zones, working in trenches, lifting large parts, placing concrete, installing large concrete vaults, flushing water lines, and lifting sewer cameras and maneuvering them into pipelines.

All of these activities carry the risk of accidents, but the employees have developed work practices that allow them to remain safe and free from injury.

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