LEWISTON – At the Feb. 7 Lewiston City Council meeting, Mayor Lionel C. Guay Jr. accepted an “Outstanding Service to Safety Award” from Lynne Gaudette, president, and Nadine Tingley, regional manager, of the Safety and Health Council of Northern New England.

Lyman A. Cousens, council executive director, noted that usually such awards are given out in September, but said, “Once in awhile, an organization is extraordinary in their safety efforts, and Lewiston is indeed a stellar example of safety performance.”

Lewiston was recognized for the “creation, implementation and evaluation of an outstanding, successful workers’ compensation program saving the taxpayers of Lewiston in excess of $3 million since 2001.” Employee workers’ compensation costs have decreased from $1,213,751 in 2001 to $79,070 in 2005.

Human Resources Director Denis R. Jean, who works with city safety, training and loss time coordinator William Stretton, said, “The numbers speak for themselves as to the cost savings for the Lewiston taxpayer.”

Jean also credited the support of the mayor, city council and city administrator in providing increased education and training for municipal employees, along with the city’s proactive safety incentives and wellness program.

He said, “As a result, Lewiston employees are enhancing their knowledge, awareness and follow-through in regard to safety and healthcare, and the decreased workers compensation numbers certainly demonstrate their commitment.”

During the presentation, Stretton was also recognized by City Administrator Jim Bennett for his unwavering dedication to workplace safety and the city’s “Work Together; Work Safe” safety program.

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