Carroll County government employees from truck drivers to secretaries will focus on how to avoid accidents and injuries this week as part of National Safety Week.
Employees launched the week yesterday with a reception at the County Maintenance Center on Old Meadow Branch Road. Almost 100 people attended.
Lauren Eib, the county's risk manager in the Department of Management and Budget, said educational sessions are planned each day to help employees learn how to prevent accidents on and off the job.
The events include a "rodeo" tomorrow in which 12 dump truck drivers will drive a course at the maintenance center and perform maneuvers in a competition, she said.
Friday, Maryland State Police officers will give office workers a presentation called "Street Smarts" about personal safety, Ms. Eib said.
At the reception yesterday, Budget Director Steven D. Powell presented certificates to 13 employees who serve on county safety committees.
Safety committee members take complaints from workers, inspect county work places and suggest ways to make them safer, he said. The committees were formed 2 1/2 years ago.
The three county commissioners attended. Commissioner Donald I. Dell read a proclamation.
"Good luck and safety to all of you throughout the year," he said.
James Gist, the county's safety and training coordinator, said statistics compiled for the U.S. Department of Labor show that 25 accidents caused employees to miss work last year.
The county has about 500 employees, plus several hundred more in outside agencies such as the Sheriff's Department and State's Attorney's Office.
This is the third year the county has observed National Safety Week.