The Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool recognized the efforts of Ellis County Road and Bridge Precinct 2 to create a safe workplace.

In recognition of those accomplishments, the precinct recently received the Making a Difference award for 2017.

Ellis County Pct. 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson stated the award represents the hard work of many people.

“We were recognized in going above and beyond for making a difference in our safety procedures not only for the benefit of our employees but for our taxpayers as well,” Grayson said. “The region that we are in represents 80 of those. I was picked from our risk management director to receive the award for going above and beyond.”

The Texas Association of Counties website states the group works to prevent employee injuries and increase workplace safety. Each year it presents awards to recognize counties and governmental entities for their efforts to promote safety and innovative risk management programs.

Individuals considered for the Making a Difference award exhibit strong leadership in promoting risk control efforts within the workplace, not limited to safety.

Some of the criteria taken into consideration for this award is an organization’s training procedures, operational improvements, efficiency, safety measures, and facility maintenance.

Grayson stated the award is not an accolade for him but a reflection of the work from his staff. He noted team oversees and is responsible for maintaining 230 miles of roadway.

“This is a collaborative effort from our whole staff. I am very proud to stand with them and not in front of them to receive this award. I am very excited for this honor,” Grayson explained. “I will be the first to tell you they deserve it. They absolutely deserve it.”