Report: County struggles with worker safety |

Report: County struggles with worker safety

The Union staff

County officials are taking a half-hearted approach to worker safety, according to a Nevada County Civil Grand Jury report released Tuesday.

The citizen panel reviewed county injury and claims records from the past three years and safety committee meeting attendance for 2002 and 2003. The grand jury’s findings indicated that some county departments were “indifferent to the safety program.”

The grand jury specifically targeted County Executive Officer Rick Haffey and other department heads as responsible for “setting the tone” and providing support for a safe workplace. Haffey was not available for comment Tuesday.

Gayle Satchwell, director of human resources for the county, said she had not had an opportunity to read the report, but said she believed it to be a routine investigation of worker safety.

The report recommended that the county Board of Supervisors:

– Consider employee safety a high priority in the county.

– Ensure that a safety checklist is updated for each specific department.

– Create and fund a full-time safety officer position.

The board is required to respond by Aug. 16.

For the full grand jury report, go to on the Web.

– Britt Retherford

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