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For Immediate Release:


MDOT-Wide Safety Initiatives and Priority on Workplace Safety Help Decrease Injuries

September 22, 2017

HANOVER, MD – Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today announced the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and its business units have seen a four percent decrease in workplace injuries since July 1, 2015.

“Workplace safety policies and procedures are only effective if the entire team buys in and goals and strategies are implemented and tracked,” said Transportation Secretary Rahn.

Over the past two fiscal years beginning July 1, 2015, MDOT formulated and implemented a wide range of best practices and processes to reduce work injuries and the associated work injury leave. 

Safety managers at each of MDOT’s six business units (Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration, and the Secretary’s Office) identified and tracked incidents and associated trends to implement corrective actions and minimize workplace safety risk for MDOT employees.

Examples of the initiatives include:

  • Conducting quarterly Risk Management Roundtable meetings across MDOT to establish best practices;
  • Developing an electronic form to report/identify potential hazards;
  • Training supervisors in partnership with IWIF;
  • Holding safety fairs;
  • Implementing a safety hotline for reporting safety concerns;
  • Issuing safety bulletins to promote awareness;
  • Conducting random safety assessment to identify and correct issues;
  • Holding risk management seminars; and
  • Including safety and risk management training for all new employees.

Additional information about the injury reductions can be found at:

Erin Henson
MDOT Public Affairs

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