Mesa County makes safety in workplace a top priority

Two days after a pair of mall employees were killed at work in Maryland, Mesa County commissioners adopted a resolution Monday directing county leaders to improve workplace safety.

The resolution, drawn up weeks ago and passed in light of “the prevalent occurrence of workplace tragedies happening throughout the country,” encourages Mesa County leadership to design and implement plans to train staff on proper procedures during an incident such as a shooting, create or solidify workplace safety plans that incorporate the unique needs of each county facility, and establish a system for taking and responding to reports of incidents and potential incidents.

County leaders also will be expected to supply commissioners with a report at the end of each year detailing specifically how they have met those goals.

Mesa County Human Resources Director Sandy Perry said a county focus group last year examined ways to make the workplace safer and better prepare for potential workplace threats to employee and public safety.

Perry said the group found county buildings and departments were at varying levels of preparedness, prompting the need for a more cohesive strategy.

“Given that we hear about tragedies every single week, we just really wanted to spend this year” improving preparations, Perry said, starting with an active shooter training in February.


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