Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted December 1, 2013 01:55 pm - Updated December 6, 2013 01:57 pm

SRR invention helps to reduce slips, falls

Necessity is the mother of invention. In this case, the invention is to avoid the necessity of filling out work accident forms.


There is a Savannah River Remediation manager who received a patent for a safety invention to combat falls.


Patricia Allen is the environmental, safety, health and QA and CA director for SRR. Her invention resembles a pair of rubber overshoes, but they don’t provide traction on wet surfaces, they emulate the slippery surface. Why? To train employees how to walk on slippery surfaces.


When worn while walking on a specially treated surface, the overshoes create the sensation of walking on a sheet of ice. They were worn over the summer by SRR employees when the URS Mobile Slip Simulator was at Savannah River Site. A trip through the mobile slip simulator, which also was developed by Allen, allows employees to experience walking across a sheet of ice and not falling.


“Our employees were taught techniques to prevent slips, trips and falls, then practiced those skills in the mobile slip simulator until they were proficient,” Allen said. “This training has decreased the number of slips, trips and falls by SRR employees, which means they are able to return home just like they came to work that day.”