Safety Champion: Greg Sandfoss

Bridge Crew Foreman Greg Sandfoss of the Clermont County Engineer’s Office always keeps safety at the forefront. His four-person crew repairs and replaces the county’s 421 bridges.

“Safety has always been our No. 1 priority,” said Sandfoss, who has worked on the county’s bridges and guardrails for 25 years. “Everyone wants to get home to their family at the end of the day. Safety is always our goal.”

His crew hasn’t experienced a major injury during their combined 80 total years with the county. Members of the team are operator Brian Gumbert and highway workers Kenny Houk, Miles Tarvin and Jeff Fletcher.

“That many years of experience and zero injuries is pretty outstanding,” Clermont County Safety Coordinator Gary Caudill said. “They have great teamwork. Everyone knows what the other guy is going to do before he does it.”

Caudill noted that the crew is especially cautious while working on busy roads. That can include closing roads for larger projects. The team also makes sure that banks are stabilized and takes precautions to prevent trips, falls and sliding. When operating heavy equipment, they are keenly aware of surroundings.

“Working in traffic is not a pleasant thing,” Sandfoss said. “With the volume of traffic, you’ve got to keep your eyes peeled.”

Sandfoss appreciates the support of Caudill.

“Gary is always there if we need anything,” he said. “He’s a big asset to the county.”