Audit Finds Safety Shortcomings at Austin EMS Agency

EMS chief wishes the audit had better recognized "the dozens of efforts" the agency has made to improve employee safety


Ciara O'Rourke, American-Statesman | | Friday, March 1, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas -- City auditors detailed several weaknesses Wednesday they said they identified during an audit to assess worker safety at Austin-Travis County EMS, including that the agency failed to fully implement recommendations from 2001 aimed at reducing recurring on-the-job injuries.

The agency has started several safety-related initiatives, according to the audit, which covered the department’s worker safety operations and injury data from October 2009 through September. But safety program goals aren’t clearly communicated and safety-related responsibilities are scattered throughout the department, the audit says.

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