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CareerSource Central Florida

Safety First

Workforce Challenge

Known internationally as the "Alligator Capital of the World," Gatorland, in south Orlando, is a family-based attraction that is home to alligators and crocodiles, a breeding marsh that boardwalk and observation tower, educational programs and more. With a department slogan like "The Cost of Accidents Greatly Outweighs the Cost of Safety Training" and a working environment that includes several hundred live alligators, Gatorland Safety Manager Dale McGough truly understands the value a Workforce Central Florida (WCF) Employed Worker Training (EWT) award provides his organization.

Workforce Solution

"WCF has provided us the ability to reach out to our staff in a time that budgets are getting cut and the economy is negative regarding personal improvements," Dale says. "In April 2009, we initiated our grant to teach OSHA classes to our employees. They received course materials and lectures in blood borne pathogens, ergonomics, hazcom, violence-in-the-workplace, as well as fire safety and use of fire extinguishers."

Outcomes & Benefits

As a result of the EWT award, 50 Gatorland employees received OSHA training and park safety training. Dale notes that the knowledge his employees gained benefits more than just Gatorland staff members and park guests. "They are all part of our local community and carry the word of safety home to their families and friends." Dale says his experience with the WCF staff has been exceptional. "They went above and beyond, assisting us with documentation and preparing for the program. Now, other departments, such as security and entertainment, are preparing their scheduled list of educational opportunities for consideration."

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