Nebraska City Utilities has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating procedures in 2018.
The utility earned a first place award in the category for utilities with 60,189 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.
Keith Cutshall, chair of the association’s Safety Committee and safety director at Clarksville Department of Electricity in Tennessee, presented the award during the association’s annual Engineering and Technical Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Safety programs are paramount to the well-being of employees who work for electric utilities,” said Cutshall. “The utilities receiving this award have proved that safet is of the utmost importance in the operation of their companies.”
More than 325 utilities entered the annual safety awards, which is the highest number of entries in the program’s 60-year history.
Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2018.
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 2018, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“Nebraska City Utilities is proud of its safety record,” said Jeff Kohrs, general manager of Nebraska City Utilities. “This award is a testament to the hard work that goes into ensuring that our team members go home safe to their families every day.”
The American Public Power Association is the voice for not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.