Vermont companies recognized for Workplace Safety

first_imgSeveral Vermont companies were recently recognized for their strong commitment to effective workplace safety at the annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety, presented by Steve Monahan, Vermont Department of Labor’s Director of Workers’ Compensation and Safety, was awarded to Ben and Jerry’s of St Albans for Large Business category, Commonwealth Dairy of Brattleboro for Medium Business category, Washington Electric Cooperative of East Montpelier for Small Business category, to Town of Bennington for the Municipality category, and to Engelberth Construction of Colchester for the Construction category.The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the State of Vermont to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health policy and practice.The Governor’s Award highlights the benefits of providing a safe workplace for both the employer and its workforce. “Job safety is one of the most important workplace issues today, and can significant positive impact on worker comp and operational costs and employee morale. These awards recognize specific companies that are committed to effective workplace safety,” said Director Steve Monahan.Established twelve years ago, the awards are sponsored by Governor Peter Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center.Vermont Small Business Development Center. 5.29.2014last_img read more

Men sweep top five spots

first_imgMen sweep top five spotsThe men’s and women’s second groups wrapped up their seasons. Matt GreensteinNovember 10, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers men’s cross country team stood victorious on Friday, sweeping the top five spots at the Fall Finale.Redshirt junior Matt Jergenson led the pack, followed by redshirt freshman Matt Welch.Jergenson said the team’s success was largely due to its focus and preparation for the meet.“We were able to come into the race focused, and we were able to run as a team well,” Jergenson said.For some runners, it was their last cross country race in a Gophers uniform, and head coach Steve Plasencia said the team took that into account at the meet.“Our guys have always liked that event, and a lot of them knew it was their last race of the season, so I think they were ready to run,” Plasencia said.Jergenson also said the Gophers built chemistry while training, which helped them succeed at the meet.“We do workouts as a team, so we’re used to running as a pack and keying off of each other,” Jergenson said.Though the meet consisted of teams from Division III schools, Plasencia said it was still competitive.“It’s not Big Ten-meet level, but there were some good runners in there,” Plasencia said.The Gophers’ top runners rested in anticipation of next weekend’s NCAA Midwest regional.Even though the cross country season is done for Fall Finale runners, Welch said the team is going to start preparing for the indoor track season. “We’re going to take a couple weeks off of running, and then it’s just going to be a long, slow build up,” Welch said.Women succeed in Rocky’s RunIt was a cold and windy morning for the athletes on the Gophers women’s team as they ran at the Rocky’s Run on Saturday.Redshirt junior Rebecca Rethwisch said she was pleased with the team’s performance at the meet.“I thought it was a good way to end the season for a lot of us. I was impressed by how well people stayed engaged … since there wasn’t as much hype around this meet,” Rethwisch said.The meet was a community event held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course, and Rethwisch said it was a unique way to end the season.“It’s really strange,” she said. “It doesn’t hit you. In high school we finished our season in-state, and in college a lot of people will finish at regionals or nationals, so it’s kind of a strange way to end the season.”Like the men, this was the last meet for some women’s runners, including redshirt junior Stacey Swatek.Swatek led the Gophers at the meet, placing sixth among women. She said her experience racing at Minnesota has been a great one.“It’s definitely hard. … It’s more just being happy with the opportunities and the friends that I [have] made and the places I’ve been able to travel,” Swatek said. “It’s a really great experience.”Rethwisch said the senior-age runners knew during the race that it was their last, so they wanted to leave it all on the course.“I think it was really good to have the seniors together,” Rethwisch said. “When we were racing, we were kind of saying to each other, ‘This is it.’ That was really great to have each other for that.”last_img read more