Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) received an award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council and the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau for participation in the Belt America Program for 2010. The Belt America Program recognizes employers that promote seatbelt usage both on and off the job and actively survey employee usage.
DMWW received an additional award from the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (part of US Department of Transportation) in the form of the Safety Belt Honor Roll in the 90% and over category. The Safety Belt Honor Roll recognizes employers that achieve 85% employee seatbelt use and higher.
Receiving both of these awards on behalf of DMWW’s Central Safety Committee were Terri Carman (Customer Service), Julia Johnston (Finance) and R. W. Smith (HR). The awards were presented by Al Perkins, Iowa State Patrol – Retired. Mr. Perkins is the Belt America Program Manager for the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council, a chapter of National Safety Council.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has identified 6,230 people that have survived otherwise fatal or life threatening crashes since 1986 through the use of seatbelts. The National Centers for Disease Control estimate that Iowans save $69 million annually through the use of seatbelts.