Redding Safety Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Redding Town Hall
The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m.
Present: Mark O’Donnell (co-chair), Jeff Hanson, Krista Gramer (secretary), Mark Lubus, Vicki Cram, Annette D’Augelli
Minutes of the June 2, 2016 meeting were read and approved as submitted. (Hanson/O’Donnell; Cram abstained)
Krista Gramer discussed the Community Center security enhancements and upgrades, along with costs, with the First Selectman with suggestions of security window covering and ladder for rear exit. Further discussion will be made with Rob Blick for final resolution.
Vicki Cram received response from Fire Marshal Mickey Grasso that fire extinguishers would not be necessary unless experiments were being done with explosives, which they are not.
Per Vicki Cram, the parking lot lighting at RES by the gym and parent drop-off areas has been corrected with new bulbs.
Krista Gramer received notification from Fire Chief Ron Van Oostendorp of the Redding Ridge Fire District that carrying a light source, LED flashlight is a part of the gear when reporting to duty. He indicated that the trucks are also equipped with LED halogen floodlights and every effort is made to set up proper lighting as an incident is developing. Reinforcement of this policy has been discussed at their monthly meeting with importance of identifying hazardous area at scenes.
Annette D’Augelli, from our Heritage Center and Social Services Department, was welcomed to the Safety Committee.
Vicki Cram noted the Easton Safety Committee had a recent records review from the State and it was cited for being ‘top-heavy’ with mostly a management presence and recommended a review of current members of the Safety Committee to verify a mix of managerial vs. non-managerial. Krista Gramer will review prior to next meeting. Mark Lubus inquired if a representative from the Historical Society should also be on the Committee; Krista Gramer will verify if the Historical Society falls under the Town’s liability.
Board of Education:
Vicki Cram reported two injuries that were non-preventable for the schools since March:
-An employee sustained bruise to hip from trip and fall on loose rug. There was no loss of time.
-A custodian sustained bruise to foot when a book case being moved on a dolly fell.
Krista Gramer reported four non-preventable injuries since June:
-An EMT/volunteer firefighter sustained injury to an existing shoulder injury when moving fire hose.
-A facilities worker sustained a left knee injury when getting off lawnmower.
-A fields maintenance worker required emergency care treatment for poison ivy.
-A student sustained a knee injury from slip and fall due to the gym floor being wet.
A liability claim was received for damage to a vehicle due to a vertical cut in road where apron was to be placed on Fox Run Road due to road work project. Jeff Hanson indicated that it was an isolated incident, the area has proper signage and the road work has since been completed.
Annette D’Augelli voiced concern of safety for patrons requiring access to the Heritage Center downstairs food pantry when only one person is on staff. Suggestions of calling facilities personnel for support, having an emergency box of food/staples upstairs for immediate requests, and requesting the patron make an appointment during certain hours were made. A protocol within the department needs to be established.
Jeff Hanson noted that Robert Paradise (co-chairman) will be retiring in October. O’Donnell made a motion to elect Jeff Hanson as new co-chairman, Vicki Cram seconded motion, all in favor.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 4:00 PM – Redding Police Department
The meeting was adjourned at 4:27 p.m. (Hanson/O’Donnell)
Submitted by Krista Gramer, Secretary