It is the objective of Caldwell County to conduct all operations as safely and efficiently as possible. As our most critical resource, employees will be safeguarded through training, provision of appropriate work surroundings and procedures that foster the protection of health and safety. No duty, no matter what its perceived result, will be deemed more important than employees' health and safety.

To accomplish this, we are assigning the responsibility, authority, and accountability for safety to all department heads and supervisory personnel within their individual area of operations.

We are also appointing a Safety Coordinator. All employees and managers are responsible for active participation in the safety program activities. The Coordinator's role is to support and coordinate this participation to ensure the program functions efficiently.

All employees will have the responsibility of performing their own work in a safe and efficient manner and to report unsafe conditions to their department head, supervisor, or Safety Coordinator for prompt correction. All employees are also to report all work-related injuries to their supervisor in a timely manner that will be defined as immediately or as soon as medically possible.

The Safety Coordinator's Role with Workers' Compensation

The Safety Coordinator's role is to initiate contact and follow through with the injured employee immediately after an accident to ensure the employee receives all workers' compensation benefits provided to them. All employees must report the incident, within 24 hours, to their Supervisor and the Safety Coordinator. 

When an employee misses work due to a workers' comp injury, the Safety Coordinator will facilitate a return to work program with the employee. Our return-to-work program is based on a balanced employer-employee model that fosters compliance with the American Disabilities Act and related guidelines.