Omega Honored For Assistance to Injured Worker
Waterloo, IA Omega Cabinets, Ltd., the Waterloo, IA-based manufacturer of custom and semi-custom cabinetry, has been honored by a local medical establishment for the company's efforts at assisting a employee resume work after being paralyzed in a snowmobile accident.
Covenant Medical Center's Rehabilitation program awarded Omega with its annual Community Achievement Award in recognition of the company's efforts in assisting the paralyzed employee, Dan Alberts, resume work after his debilitating accident.
Alberts had worked in the maintenance department at Omega almost four years prior to his accident in February of 1997. He returned to work in September of 1997 with the help and support of Omega management and fellow employees, after adaptations were made to his workstation and tools to accommodate his wheelchair.
"Omega was more than supportive," said Alberts. "You can't just sit around and feel sorry for yourself when something like this happens. I can do everything I did before the accident, I just have to do it differently."
In addition to its efforts in making Alberts' workplace more accessible, Omega also donates the use of its recreation center for occasional use by Alberts' wheelchair basketball league. The company also assisted Alberts in making his kitchen more accessible by installing Omega universal design cabinetry.
The Covenant Medical Center Community Achievement Award is an annual award given to a community organization or educational institution that helps facilitate the re-entry of employment or schooling for a disabled person, according to Omega officials.