Accidents by Officials Fall to Record Low

Municipal employees set a record in 1997-98 for the lowest accident rate in the city's history, officials said.

During that period, for every 80,233 hours worked, only one disabling injury--an impairment requiring the loss of at least one full day of work--occurred.

Fifteen years ago, the city established a safety action plan that set accident prevention as a primary goal.

"With the implementation of that plan, Anaheim has reduced disabling accidents by 80% over the years," Risk Manager Tom Vance said.

"As our injury rate continues to drop, we see more productivity, better morale, lower operating costs and an improvement in our ability to serve the community."

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