Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District has earned the American Public Power Association’s Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices in 2011.
The utility earned the first place award in the category for utilities with 4,000,000 worker-hours of annual exposure. Darrell Shaw, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Safety and Technical Training Specialist at Memphis (Tenn.) Light Gas and Water, presented the award Tuesday, April 17, during the Association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Safety is priority number one for NPPD and all electric utilities,” said NPPD CEO and President Pat Pope. “Sending each and every one of our employees home safe to their families every night is what it’s all about. Our employees have demonstrated a strong commitment to safety over the past year, for which I am particularly proud. NPPD’s management team and our Board of Directors are very pleased with our safety performance.”
More than 275 utilities entered the annual contest. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and judged for the most incident-free records during 2011. The incidence rate used to judge contest entries is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2011, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“A tremendous amount of work and attention goes into building a strong safety record,” Pope added. “NPPD looks forward to improving its safety practices while continuing to provide reliable, low-cost, sustainable electricity to our valued customers in Nebraska.”
The safety contest has been held annually for the last 52 years. APPA is a national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities.