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Iowa’s Denison Municipal Utilities Recognized For Safety Efforts by State House of Representatives

Iowa public power utility Denison Municipal Utilities recently received a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives after receiving a Safety Award of Excellence from the American Public Power Association (APPA).

The April 7 certificate of recognition said that Iowa Rep. Steven Holt noted that Denison Municipal Utilities deserves recognition for receiving first place in the Group C division for APPA’s Safety Award of Excellence.

“Any work injuries and illnesses can affect every aspect of life for our employees and their families,” said Rory Weis, General Manager for Denison Municipal Utilities.

“We appreciate the fact that all of our employees are safety conscious in the day-to-day activities as we provide essential services to the community,” he said.

APPA in late March 2022 said that 138 utilities earned the Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2021.

There were 318 utilities from across the country that submitted applications for the annual Safety Awards. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2021.

A utility’s incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on its number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2021, as defined by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.