Smith County road and bridge crews receive safety gear from statewide agency

Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:40 - Written by

CASEY MURPHY, Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph

Smith County received free personal protective safety equipment from the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool.

The gear will be given to road and bridge crews, who are regularly exposed to risks while maintaining county roads and bridges.

As a member of the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool, the county received 72 safety kits, valued at $56 each, at no cost. The kits are one of many risk free control services and programs that Smith County has access because of its membership.

Todd Kisel, TAC risk management consultant, gave a brief presentation about the new program to the Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, before delivering the kits to the Road and Bridge Department.

“It’s all about safety,” Kisel said. “And it’s our pleasure to present to you today.”

Each safety kit includes a reflective safety vest, gloves, hard hat, two pairs of safety glasses and two sets of earplugs.

The equipment is intended to make employees more visible to motorists while they work around traffic and heavy equipment, as well as provide the employees with eye, head, hand and ear protection.

“Thank you for your support over the years,” Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran told Kisel in Tuesday. “You help us keep our guys safe.”

- Casey Murphy is the public information officer for the Smith County Commissioners Court.