Erath County recently received awards for their commitment to safety in the workplace and controlling workers compensation claims.

"These awards are a reflection of the efforts our employees make over the years to work diligently and safely as well as having appropriate policies and procedures in place fostering a safe workplace and environment for citizens to conduct business," County Judge Tab Thompson said Monday during commissioners court.

Erath was among 27 Texas counties to receive a 2011 Safety Award, its eighth consecutive recognition from the Texas Association of Counties.

Facilities director John Wooley was one of five recipients of the TAC's Making A Difference Award.

"Only five individuals in Texas received this prestigious award making it a truly exceptional award reserved for counties with the highest degree of safety commitment and success," said Ernesto Galindo, TAC risk control manager.

Wooley earned the award for his record of excellence in coordinating the county's risk management program. The association gives the award to participants who have demonstrated actions and implemented procedures to proactively reduce risks.

"John received an individual award for going above and beyond the call in regards to safety," Thompson said.