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Minutes of Redding Safety Committee, 12/03/2020

AGENDA: Redding Safety Committee

RECEIVED 12/17/2020 8:30am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Town of Redding
Redding Safety Committee Regular Meeting Minutes
Thursday, 12/3/2020 at 4:00PM
Zoom Meeting
Filed subject to approval.

Present:  Jeff Hanson, Highway Department, Co-Chair
Mark O’Donnell, Police Department
Zachary Smith, Finance Department
Alice Smith, First Selectman’s Office
Shaun Donnelly, Building & Facilities Departments
Michelle Stillman, Senior Center
Eugene Burke, Veolia Water (WPCC)
Vicki Cram, Central Office
Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman

Chair Hanson called the meeting to order at 4:05PM.

Health Department Update
Doug Hartline addressed the Redding Safety Committee. He discussed Covid-19 and its effect on the Town of Redding. He also discussed the vaccination process and how that may play out.

Approval of the Minutes from the Thursday, 6/4/2020 Meeting.

MOTION:  Mr. Smith made a motion to approve the minutes from the Thursday, 6/4/2020 meeting. Mr. Donnelly seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.

Old Business:

  • Signage at the Heritage Center/Community Center regarding keeping dogs on leash in the area.

Chair Hanson said the Highway Department completed this task.

  • Cracked well head at the Historical Society.

Chair Hanson said the Historical Society needs to make a decision on this. Due to Covid-19, this is a low priority.

  • Removal of tagged trees along the Parade Path.

Chair Hanson said this is an ongoing project.

  • Reunification Drill at John Read Middle School.

Ms. Cram said this will be put on hold until Covid-19 is under control. She said this can be put on the March agenda.

  • John Read Middle School – chain in gymnasium – possible trip hazard.

Ms. Cram said this item was handled.

  • WPCC plant – trench to mitigate ice formation on asphalt.

Chair Hanson said the Highway Department will visit the plant to assist with this.

New Business:

  • Review of First Reports of Injury since Thursday, 3/5/2020 for Schools and Town.

Mr. Smith addressed the Safety Committee.
There were 16 FRI’s for the Town of Redding. They are as follows:

  1. Police Officer was exposed to a person with Covid-19 symptoms. There was no lost time.
  2. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19. There was no lost time.
  3. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 during EMS assist. There was no lost time.
  4. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 during a crisis intervention. There was no lost time.
  5. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 during a motor vehicle accident response. There was no lost time.
  6. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 during a motor vehicle accident response. There was no lost time.
  7. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 during a call. There was no lost time.
  8. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 during a call. There was no lost time.
  9. Police Officer inhaled smoke during a fire call. There was no lost time.
  10. Police Officer was exposed to Covid-19 from a resident. There was no lost time.
  11. Police Officer injured their left shoulder while opening a door. They received minor medical treatment.
  12. Police Officer was quarantined due to exposure to a Covid-19 positive employee. They quarantined for 8 days.
  13. A Facilities worker had a rock hit their left eye while working. They received minor medical treatment. There was no lost time.
  14. A Facilities worker hit their head on an open tailgate while bending down. They received emergency medical care and stitches. There was no lost time.
  15. A Highway Worker complained of pain and swelling in their right elbow while lifting or dragging items. There was no lost time.
  16. A Highway Worker felt a pop in their right elbow while working. They have received some physical therapy. There was no lost time.

Ms. Cram asked Mr. Smith if CIRMA has provided guidance for how Covid-19 is being handled with Worker’s Compensation. Mr. Smith said he has not received guidance on this. Ms. Cram said she will reach out to CIRMA about this topic.

Mr. Hanson said the Facilities Worker who struck their head was fortunate to have had someone else present when in the incident happened.

Mr. Hanson said the Highway Worker that had their elbow pop is receiving physical therapy which results in some lost time.

Ms. Cram addressed the Safety Committee.

  1. An employee slipped on water in a bathroom. They hit their elbow and fell on their back. There was no lost time.
  2. An employee strained their lower back carrying laptops. There was no lost time.
  3. An employee stepped down off a step and fell. They used their left hand to break the fall. They received some physical therapy for their wrist.
  4. During the transport of a child, an employee was bit. Due to the bite, the employee pulled a muscle in their lower back. There was no lost time.
  5. An employee used a bean bag to protect themselves from a student who was hitting them. The repeated hits strained their wrist. There was no lost time.
  6. An employee slipped on water and hurt themselves. There was no lost time.
  7. An employee tripped on the stairs and bruised their ankle. There was no lost time.
  8. An employee was struck on the head by a student. There was no loss of time.
  • Safety concerns/prevention measures at School and Town Facilities and Covid-19 Departmental Safety Updates.

Mr. Smith discussed the toaster incident. A toaster in Town Hall started to smoke, setting off the fire alarms. It was a good test of the Town’s fire readiness.

Mr. Burke said there are three employees at the WPCC and 2 currently have Covid-19. He reminded the Safety Committee to take Covid-19 seriously.

Chief O’Donnell said a dispatcher received a positive Covid-19 test while on duty. This resulted in the Police Department getting a professional Covid-19 cleaning.

The next Safety Committee Meeting will be on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in the Town Hall Conference Room.

Adjournment

MOTION:  Mr. Donnelly made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:43PM.

Submitted by,
Zachary Smith

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