Workers at the Henry County Water Company and Henry County PWSD #3 were recognized last month for their efforts to maintain a model safety program.

The facilities have been managed by Alliance Water Resources since 1983 and 2002, respectively. An award is presented every six months to the Alliance division whose safety program receives the highest ranking compared to the company’s overall safety goals.

“Safety Coordinator Roger Swanagon has worked hard in the last year to make safety meetings relevant and motivating…we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished” said local system manager Richard Webber. The Traveling Safety Award was presented during a bi-annual meeting for Alliance managers last month. Webber and his team have earned bragging and display rights for the award until February, when they will compete to become the first division to win the award consecutively.

Winning safety program efforts include having guest speakers present at every monthly meeting; including a local television meteorologist, chiropractor and an expert on terrorism. Swanagon organizes the formal monthly meetings and less formal “tailgate talks” for the crew. The division has had no reported injuries since 2003.

Headquartered in Columbia, Mo., Alliance Water Resources is a leading provider of professional operations and maintenance services for community water and wastewater systems in Middle America. The company prides itself in its unique understanding of the needs of communities in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.