Nichole Hannahs

New Safety Devices Purchased for City

by Nichole Hannahs on June 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

Grant money helps to make city workers safer on the job site.

Thursday the City Water Department unveiled four new new traffic signals bought partially with grant money from the Bureau of Workers Compensation. These wireless lights can withstand eighty mile an hour winds and will be used when city workers are doing road projects.

The lights can also be set up further away from the actually job site creating a safer working environment.

"It’s number one priority. We put a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of money into different devices and things that we need out there to keep our workers safe in the roadway," said Water Metering and Maintenance Supervisor.

The lights can also be used when the city is having problems with traffic signals.

"They’re interfaced with the traffic signals throughout the city so if one of the traffic intersections go down these can be used for that," said Water Supervisor Paul Mills.

The grant covered $40,000 of the $60,000 price for the lights and a trailer to take them to job sites.