Governor Tom Wolf recognized the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Sullivan County Maintenance Organization, part of PennDOT's District 3, for reaching a significant safety milestone. PennDOT District 3 includes: Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union Counties.
On January 14, 2020, the county maintenance organization reached 3,500 days (9 years, 7 months) without a disabling employee injury. This currently is the longest active streak of its kind in the department. A disabling injury is any injury that results in an employee missing one or more days of work.
“Workplace safety should be the number one priority for any employer. I commend Sullivan County on their dedication to a safe work environment that allows employees to return home each day injury-free," Governor Wolf said.
“PennDOT employees are the department's greatest resource. Their focus to adhering to safety standards is commendable," said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E. “This accomplishment shows the dedication Sullivan County employees have to safety in the work place."
“A workplace injury impacts more than just the injured employee," said District Executive Sandra Tosca, P.E. “An injury can disrupt life at home and at work. It causes needless suffering to the worker, but also creates hardships for family members and co-workers."
County employees perform a wide range of road and bridge maintenance activities throughout the year. All work is done with a strict adherence to the concepts of safety.
“I'm extremely proud to be part of a team of men and women who embrace the department's philosophy of safety, 24/7," said Sullivan County Maintenance Manager Kenneth Pochatko. “This county makes accountability and responsibility for employees a priority."