115 Utilities Awarded for Outstanding Safety Practices
April 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2014—One hundred fifteen public power systems have earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2013. Marlin Bales, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and supervisor, Colorado Springs Utilities, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, presented the award on April 7, during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“In our line of work, safety is the top priority,” said Bales. “Without safety, we can’t serve our customers to the best of our abilities. This award recognizes utilities that have their priorities straight.”
More than 285 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2013. The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2013, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
View the complete list of winners.