My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Worker Safety: Response from the Census Bureau

Last week, I posed questions about worker safety at the Census Bureau after I read articles about Census Bureau employees who were attacked by dogs, facing people with shotguns (assuming the enumerators were trespassers), and two employees who were so lost for eight hours that a search involving the armed forces was needed to find them. I wanted to know what type of safety training was received by run-of-the-mill Census Bureau employees during their four days of paid training before they are thrust into their jobs. Here is the response I received from Stacey Gimbel, a public affairs specialist from the Census Bureau’s Headquarters:

The safety of our employees is of the utmost importance to us, so much so
that we instill safety information in our employees from the get-go in
trainings, manuals, and even safety reminders in their first pay stubs.

ALL employees working in the field on the 2010 Census receive training and
detailed information on steps they can take to protect themselves in a
variety of settings.  For example, we provide safety instruction on
encountering pets and other animals, how to avoid or handle vehicular
accidents, and general guidelines on personal safety while walking alone.
Additionally, employees are instructed to contact their supervisors if they
consider an area too unsafe to work in.

Because the safety and well being of our employees are of the utmost
importance, we have taken all manner of precautions to ensure our employees
are as safe as possible while working for us.

Like all federal agencies, the Census Bureau regularly reports information
on work-related injuries of employees to the Department of Labor.  The
information can be found on the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration’s Web site.

2 Responses to “Worker Safety: Response from the Census Bureau”

  1. Anonymous2 Says:

    Census workers got a text message yesterday on the HHC saying that 2 enumerators died in car crashes.

    There has to be a better safer way.

  2. notsoamused Says:

    The Census Bureau just plain does not care! As far as safety training that is debatable. I got about 5 minutes of “safety training”. I am paraphrasing but basically it boiled down to if you encounter a mean dog do not make eye contact and back away slowly..that’s it on that subject. If someone makes threats….just leave. (Like the woman in Leander did when she was shot at 5 times..she was just leaving). We were instructed what to do if we were involved in a accident and how we should be prepared and not be looking at maps or materials when driving. That pretty much sums up safety training. Since the incident in Leander there has been one published article from the Census Bureau stating they are stepping up safety training but I have not seen any evidence of that yet! I feel like I have been thrown under the bus! There is so much misinformation about the census and the political climate is just plain ugly for innocent people such as myself who are only trying to earn a little money.