SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh recently presented plaques to a number of county offices in honor of their exemplary safety records.  

“We are pleased that so many of our employees qualified for the Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards,” Walsh said.  “The health and safety of our employees is a priority for Somerset County.”

The New Jersey Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards program recognizes significant achievements in the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses in the private and public sectors. 

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For their achievements in 2015, the 87th year of the program, 10 work groups encompassing a total of 689 employees qualified for awards: 302 employees received awards because their organizations did not have any work-related lost time injuries or illnesses in 2015.  

Of these 302 employees, 53 in two organizations (911/Communications and Records Management) worked a total of 746,492 hours since 2007 without any lost time injuries. Sixty employees in three divisions (Emergency Services Training Academy, Soil Conservation and Rutgers Cooperative Extension) worked a total of 781,891 hours since 2002 without any lost-time injuries.

An additional 387 employees received awards because their organizations had lost time injury rates of less than three injuries per 100 employees. 

For more information, contact Human Resources Benefits Manager Paul Malarcher at or 908-231-7000, ext. 7506.