107 Utilities Awarded for Outstanding Safety Practices

April 4, 2016

Press Release

Arlington, Va., April 4, 2016—One hundred seven public power systems have earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2015. Aaron Haderle, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Superintendent of T&D Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, presented the award on April 4, during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Safety is and always will be our industry’s top priority,” said Haderle. “Each of these utilities should be proud of the work they’ve done to make public power communities across the country safer.”

More than 250 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is among 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 2015. 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 2015, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 56 years. A complete list of winners is available at www.PublicPower.org.