Red River Army Depot is continuing to add to our list of significant achievements. In early November, RRAD received the 2007 Theodore Roosevelt Compensation and Disability Award. The award honors a company and a government or nonprofit organization for its efforts to reduce the number and cost of injuries to workers on the job.

Beverly Sparks of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center accepted the award on behalf of the depot.

The journey to improve injuries and the cost to take care of those injured began in July 2006. Depot commander, Col. Douglas J. Evans challenged the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center to reduce workers' compensation costs by one million dollars.

Through rapid improvement events several areas were identified throughout the depot as needing light duty work. Col. Evans approved the necessary spaces to return employees to work.
A team of civilian personnel visited the Office of Workman Compensation in Dallas, Texas, to discuss statutory and regulatory requirements and how to best approach employees on compensation.

The vision for the depot's compensation program is to successfully manage the program; continue to improve the process and workflow; train managers on the automated system and bring it full capacity and to work with the depot safety office, hygienist and managers to reduce the number of accidents.

The award was named in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt who, in 1908, introduced and promoted the first piece of important workers' compensation legislation in the United States. The organization seeks companies with innovative programs that show strong results.