City of Chicago Department of Water Management Supervisory staff including Foremen, Plumbers, Caulkers, and Brick Layers received much needed training in Trench Safety. After a day of intense study and review all Chicago Employees passed a difficult test. The classes were held at Chicagoland Construction Safety Council 4100 Madison Street Hillside, Illinois 60162. The Staff Instructor was Steve Billings, and his presentation was of the highest professional standard. Many Chicago employees that has a sceptical start were very well rewarded and glad they spent the day in Classes. Just late last week I asked Robert O’Connor for my Competent Class Certification, I was asked to see Mr. Loverde regarding classes and walla!!! I am now certified. I am very thankful to Department of Water Management for a positive response and quick results. That is the positive way to correct, and improve employees relations. Some Water Department employees must change conventional thinking and might start to think, “Yes I can engage in Shoring Safety”. Also thank you to Mark Holder, Safety Boss of Water Management. I would also like to thank Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times to get the ball rolling on Chicago Employee Safety. Photo by Patrick McDonough.