Whitehall Electric Utility has earned the American Public Power Associations's Safety Award of Excellance for safe operating practices in 2020. The utility earned a first place award in the category for utilities with less than 15,000 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.
"Utilities that receive an APPA Safety Award have demonstrated that they have made the health and safety of employees a core value," said Brandon Wylie, Chair of APPA's Safety Committee and Director of Training & Safety at Electic Cities of Georgia. "Designing and maintaining a top-notch utility safety program takes a lot of hard work and commitment. These utilities and their communities should be very proud."
329 utlities from across the county entered 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 2020. 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 2020, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"Whitehall Electric Utility values employee safety above all else," said Neal Wozney, Electric Superintendent of Whitehall Electric Utility. "We all recognize the importance of going home to our families each day; this is what drives our dedication to safety."
The Safety Awards have been held annually for more than 65 years. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.