Vanover named DPW safe employee
DPW Director Mike Mathews, left, congratulates Jonathon Vanover, a production machinery mechanic, for earning the directorate's safe employee of the quarter award.

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Jonathon Vanover, a production machinery mechanic, was named the Directorate of Public Works' safe employee of the quarter for the fourth quarter of 2012.

According to the justification for Vanover's award, he faces tasks requiring him to be in potentially dangerous situations on a daily basis.

It reads: "His spotless safety record is proof that he diligently uses the proper personal protective equipment, follows lockout/tagout procedures and is always aware of his surroundings."

In addition to constantly keeping himself safe, Vanover was recognized for the way he protects his coworkers. It was noted that, on several occasions, he recognized a need for handrails, guards or safety chains to prevent injuries.

Matt West, the Utilities Division chief for DPW, said Vanover knows and abides by all safety rules and makes sure those around him do as well.

Vanover's daily routine consists of installing or moving equipment, which often involves electrical and mechanical processes.

"I try to stay on my toes and not get complacent," he said. "We work hand-in-hand with the electricians on lockout/tagout for the machinery."

Vanover received a four-hour time-off award as part of his safe employee of the quarter honors.

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