Omega Honored For Assistance to Injured
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
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.