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Why is Safety Important?


Maybe there’s never been a serious accident at your plant. If so, you either have a great safety program already—or you’re lucky!

According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, water/wastewater workers had much higher rates for occupational injury than the average for other occupations. And in 2014, there were 8,400 work related injuries and illnesses and 10 fatalities in the water and sewer industry.

At water and sewer plants across the country, people have:

  • fallen into treatment tanks
  • fallen off of treatment tanks
  • gassed themselves with chlorine or sulfur dioxide
  • splashed chemicals into their eyes
  • crushed fingers in machinery
  • wrenched their backs
  • slipped on wet walkways
  • had tools or repair parts dropped on their head
  • died in confined spaces
  • shocked themselves  . . .

Well, you get the picture.

Making sure everyone goes home - safe and sound - to their family at the end of their shift is the most important reason for having a safety program.

For the employee and his or her family, these workplace accidents are devastating. The victim’s pain, suffering, or even death, represent the highest cost of an accident. But there are other costs as well. 

For the employer, loss of productivity. Higher insurance rates. For co-workers, missing their workmate's company. Additional stress and work duties. Feeling terrible because you are ultimately responsible for employees' safety.

Nobody wins when someone gets hurt.

Treatment Plant Safety is about providing safety information specifically for water and wastewater professionals.


I'm Donna Kaluzniak, owner of H2O Writing. I'm a former Water Utility Director and Florida licensed wastewater treatment plant operator. In my 30+ years in the water/wastewater industry, I've seen accidents, injuries--even a fatality--that could have been avoided. That's why I'm passionate about safety. I hope you'll find this site helpful and interesting!