Redding Safety Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Town Hall Hearing Room
The meeting was called to order at 4:10 p.m.
Present: Mark O’Donnell (co-chair), Krista Gramer (secretary), Rob Blick, Alice Smith, Michelle Stillman, Tom Feroleto, Maureen Decker (4:17 p.m.)
Minutes of the December 7, 2017 meeting were approved. (Blick/O’Donnell)
· Rob Blick reported that the magnetic door openers have been installed and work very well for both traffic flow and air flow throughout the building.
Board of Education:
Vicki Cram was unable to attend the meeting but furnished a list of non-preventable injuries from the schools for 2017 and so far for 2018:
In 2017, there were 11 incidents where Board of Education employees were injured by students with special needs. Injuries included bites, pushing, head bumps, tripping and slapping. No injury required lost days at work.
3/2/2017 – Substitute fell over a crate on floor in classroom and fell to ground. Complained of left knee pain and abrasions.
3/7/2017 – Teacher slipped in classroom and fell on floor. Landed on left hand; abrasion on left ring finger.
3/28/2017 – Teacher tripped while walking up stairs. Fell on right knee and left hand.
5/17/2017 – Chair came out from under employee. She fell backwards onto tailbone, elbows. Bumped head into radiator.
6/12/2017 – Employee was seated on a bench and fell backwards off the bench. Felt lower back pain.
7/25/2017 – Custodian was moving a desk on a cart when the desk began to fall from the cart. The metal leg of the desk struck the employee under her chin causing a laceration.
11/30/2017 – Custodian was working on boiler which was covered by a metal jacket. The insulation on the inside of the jacket was deteriorating. When jacket fell to floor, plume of dust billowed up into the employees face. Experienced eye irritation.
1/29/2018 – Employee hit top of head on equipment on playground.
1/30/2018 – Custodian was plowing snow in front of school. Tractor hit frost heave and stopped suddenly. Caused neck, back and leg pain.
2/2/2018 – Employee slipped on wet ramp going into work.
Tom Feroleto noted he was aware of an RES teacher that had a slip and fall with shoulder injury and lost time at work; non-preventable.
Krista Gramer reported six non-preventable injuries:
– A police officer slipped and fell on black ice and sustained an injury to the knee.
– Four Park and Recreation students sustained injuries to the head, shoulder and elbow during play.
– A park and recreation student slipped and fell on the field near the ice rink after hours and sustained a laceration requiring stitches.
Michelle Stillman noted that there is a carpet at the Redding Community Center which has become a trip hazard after the use during the recent frog frolic. A Facilities employee has put a temporary fix in place and a work order has been prepared and given to Willie Roman to fix or replace the carpet.
Alice Smith explained that there is a new digital process in place for work order processing and all new work orders should be given to Willie Roman with a copy to the First Selectman’s office.
Michelle Stillman also reported an issue regarding the 911 calling from the Heritage Center during the last month occurred whereby a 911 call from the Heritage Center was dispatched through a third party carrier out of the country before going to the Police Department. Our telephone consultant, LeBlanc Communications, was immediately contacted and the situation was corrected. Ms. Stillman inquired if there would be a potential issue during or after future power issues and suggested periodic 9-3-3 testing. LeBlanc Communications will be contacted for comment.
Maureen Decker, on behalf of the Historical Society, wished to commend the Highway Department for the installation of dirt and re-seeding at the Umpawaug Schoolhouse.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 4:00 PM – Redding Community Center
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m. (Blick/Smith)
Submitted by Krista Gramer, Secretary