DOT presents awards to local maintenance unit The Department of Transportation recently awarded the maintenance unit comprised of Beresford and Junction City as the statewide winner of the Shipshape Award.
The maintenance unit was judged the outstanding unit statewide for having shops with the best overall outward appearances. The Shipshape program was started in 1998 by the department as a way to spruce up maintenance yards.
The maintenance unit was also presented the Safety Award for the Mitchell Region. This award is presented to the maintenance unit in each region whose shops have the best safety record. Some factors taken into consideration when selecting the safety winners are the number of preventable accidents, number and quality of safety meetings held, number of employees and hours worked, as well as general practices and the attitude taken toward safety issues.