Mesa Water District Surpasses 1,000 Days Without a Lost-Time Incident

Management Support, Training, and Safe Work Practices Are Instrumental to Reducing Lost-Time Workplace Accidents

Costa Mesa, Calif.; April 25, 2016 – Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) has surpassed 1,000 days without a lost-time injury or incident. Although neighboring public agencies in Orange County make safety a priority and have good safety records, few have gone past the 1,000 day mark.

“Mesa Water’s leadership provides the time and resources necessary for staff to do their job correctly and safely,” said Peter Kuchinsky, Lead Risk Management Consultant for ACWA/JPIA, “and with that kind of support, staff is able to follow standard operating procedures, work efficiently, avoid shortcuts, and engage in safe work practices.”

Ergonomics, including lifting and improper lighting, and slip and falls cause 60 percent of lost-time accidents in the field and contribute up to 75 percent of the costs. Time, training, and resources help prevent these types of accidents.

Mesa Water compares its current record for the 2015-2016 policy year to 2012-2013 when it needed improvement. Since 2012, Mesa Water has reduced its Workers’ Compensation premiums from over $180,000 annually to less than $100,000. According to ACWA/JPIA, premiums are based on the agency’s Experience Modification Rate (EMOD) that is determined by the number of claims, frequency, and value.

“Over the past four years, our Board and management team have emphasized training and prevention, while incorporating efficiency into our daily work practices,” said Paul E. Shoenberger, P.E., Mesa Water General Manager. “Our staff has responded well, with each department making it a priority to participate in ongoing training programs and reducing our EMOD. Additionally, we have a staff-driven team of Safety Ambassadors, and an annual employee award for best safety improvement suggestion.”

About Mesa Water

Founded on January 1, 1960, and governed by a publicly-elected, five-member Board of Directors, Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of Costa Mesa, a portion of Newport Beach, and John Wayne Airport. Mesa Water provides 100 percent local reliable groundwater to its customers due to the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. Visit MesaWater.org, follow @MesaWater on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, email, or call 949.631.1200 to learn more.