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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEE RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR SAFETY

State Employee Risk Management Administration Honors Samuel P. Hall with Highest Award for Individual Achievement

(June 23, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) employee who oversees the agency’s workplace safety polices and training initiatives has received a lifetime achievement award for his work.

The State Employees Risk Management Administration (SERMA) recognized Samuel P. Hall during its spring conference with the Linda Brooks Memorial Award, which is its highest individual award. Hall has been with MDOT SHA since 1981 and has held safety management positions since 1985.

Hall, chief occupational safety, has led the drive to reduce workplace accidents and injuries. He works with a team of district safety managers, reports on annual safety goals and is involved in national highway safety organizations. During his tenure, MDOT SHA has developed an online clearinghouse for policy and workplace safety information that is featured on its intranet, launched the “Inspect This” app that automates safety inspections, provided eyewashes to maintenance shops and offered facility crane training to safety managers and district shop leaders.

The number of employees with three or more injuries has continued to fall, by 33 percent from 2014 to 2015 and by 83 percent from 2015 to 2016.  Between 2011 and 2016, there has been a 21 percent reduction of work injury claims. 

“This award further demonstrates our commitment to safety at MDOT SHA, inside and out,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Gregory Slater. “Sam Hall is a proven safety leader and we are proud to have him on the MDOT SHA team.”

Hall’s award is given to an individual who consistently demonstrates outstanding performance and continuing commitment to risk management and occupational safety within Maryland state government over the course of their career.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Hall. “I take great pride in knowing that I play a part in my colleagues’ safety.  Their commitment to safety every day is critical to making sure everyone gets home at night.”
 
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