One hundred eleven utilities have earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2016. Rick Aguilar, chair of the Association's Safety Committee and director of job training and safety at Kansas Municipal Utilities, presented the award on May 8, during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas.
“When it comes to electric utility operations, safety is a top priority for everyone involved; from lineman to operator,” said Aguilar. “These utilities have embraced a culture of safety while serving their local communities and deserve to be recognized.”
270 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 2016. 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 2016, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 58 years. A complete list of winners is available here.