During the 2023 Electric Cities of Georgia conference, the City of Fairburn's Utilities Department was awarded the Jeff Cook Silver Award Plaque for Safety Excellence.
The Jeff Cook Award for Safety Excellence is awarded to public power utility departments that meet various criteria regarding safety in the workplace.
The award was created to help ECG's training and safety department encourage their participating cities and municipal organizations to improve their safety programs.
The award was named after Jeffery Cook, to honor the trainer with ECG who passed away due to cancer.
ECG and The Georgia Electrical Municipal Safety Task Force recognize the cities and municipal organizations that have exhibited a continued commitment to safety and whose department has implemented procedures to ensure the safety of their staff.
To achieve the standard required by this award, utility departments submit an application that documents their commitment to safety.
Some of the topics that are judged in the application process include:
- Employee Safety Awareness
- Training & Education
- Regularly Documented Safety Meetings
- Accident Investigation Procedures
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Protective Devices
- Facilities and availability of safety equipment on site
- Employee Procedures
- Management Participation and more