ENNIS — Before starting work each day, the work crew with Ellis County Precinct 2 has kept safety at the forefront of their mind. This dedication to safety was celebrated on Thursday as the crew passed 1,000 days with no lost time on the job.

Crews have been able to complete more than 34 miles of road improvements this year on county roads around Ennis. Since 2015 crews have completed more than 60 miles of road improvements.

“It was Tuesday of this past week that this crew celebrated 1,000 days of no lost time. One thousand days is something to be applauded. These men get up every day and face obstacles that most of us in this area do not have to,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson said. “Their objective is making the safest roads possible. They have limited resources. They have limited equipment but they get up every day and give it all they got. When they give it for 1,000 days and we don’t lose any time that is an incredible milestone.”

Grayson stated each member of the road and bridge work crew gives 110 percent on the job each day and defines what it means to be a professional. He noted that their knowledge has gained to perform their job comes not only from specialized training but also from years of experience gained on the job site.

Grayson recognized team members individually for their contribution before the audience. He then presented them with a new hard hat, safety T-shirt, and goodie bags.

After the presentation, State Senator Brian Birdwell was on hand to shake each team members hand and offered his congratulations for a job well done.

“One of the things that I learned very fundamentally in my 20 years in the Army is that it is your subordinate success that is your success. The T-shirt, the helmet, and the candies are nice tokens of appreciation but the greatest token of appreciation is standing here and getting public recognition,” Birdwell remarked. “I want to say congratulations to each and every one of you guys. Heavy equipment operation is not inherently safe and the nature of traffic that you are dealing with. That is not easy work. That is hard work and you should be congratulated for it. Commissioner, you and your team are doing a great job for the citizens for Precinct 2 of Ellis County.”

Chad Spence, who serves as the Precinct 2 assistant foreman and safety officer, stated he is very proud of the hard work put in by everyone to reach this goal.

“It is just a great accomplishment and we are really thankful that we were able to make 1,000 days. It took the whole team to do it,” Spence said. “Most of the dangers are all traffic related. We have to watch out for one another and watch out for them too.”

Spence stated that safety is the mindset of everyone at the job site.

“I always tell the guys that if they are doing something and they don’t feel safe doing it. Just stop what you are doing and let's talk about it,” Spence explained. "I am just glad that we made this day.”

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