Congratulations to the 49 ElectriCities member utilities that had no lost workday cases due to accidents or injuries in 2022.
North Carolina members that received 2022 ElectriCities Municipal Electric Safety Awards are:
New River Light & Power
Western Carolina University
East Carolina University
N.C. State University
South Carolina members that received 2022 ElectriCities Municipal Electric Safety Awards are
McCormick Public Works
|Greer Public Works
Seneca Light & Power
ElectriCities Senior Safety & Training Specialist Mark Todd, CUSP, recognized each member for their perfect records and safe operating practices at the NCAMES conference on May 17.
Though reporting on-the-job accidents and injuries is required by OSHA, Mark says it’s not just for record-keeping and awards. The reports provide an opportunity for utility employees to revisit safe work practices, often with the help of the ElectriCities Safety & Training team.
The team uses the information to tweak training classes or to ensure they emphasize certain safety practices. “If, for example, we’re seeing a lot of lineworkers with hand lacerations, that tells us we need to review the importance of wearing proper personal protective equipment,” he said.
“Creating a culture of safety requires everyone’s buy-in, and even with that, an accident or injury can still occur,” Mark said. “Thank you to each member utility employee who is committed to safety and who completed 2022 with no accidents or injuries—whether or not your city or town received an award.”