Published On: Fri, Jun 23rd, 2017

Safety upgrades planned for County road crews

HARTINGTON — Cedar County Highway Superintendent Carla Schmidt will soon begun applying for a grant to help pay for new highway road worker safety equipment.
Each fall, Schmidt applies for the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association ASSIST grant, which pays up to $2500 for equipment updates.
Schmidt said the money pays about half the expenses, and the rest comes out of county taxes.
Schmidt said the county safety committee is looking into purchasing new hard hats after a worker discovered helmets can expire. The general consensus among hard hat providers is workers should replace their helmets after four or five years of use. Exposure to sunlight and repeated use wears the helmet down and it eventually grows brittle and unreliable, she said.

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