Vermillion Light & Power wins national award

Vermillion Light & Power wins national award Vermillion Light & Power has earned the American Public Power Association's 2001 Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices. The utility earned a first place award in the category for utilities with 20,800 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. APPA President Michael Browder presented the award on March 12, during the association's annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Colorado Springs, CO.

These awards symbolize the commitment of public power utilities to responsible electric utility operation. Implementing safe utility practices requires the hard work and dedication of all utility employees," said Browder, general manager of Bristol Tennessee Electric System.

More than 200 utilities entered the annual contest. Entrants were placed in categories according to their size and judged for the most incident-free records during 2001. The incidence rate, used to judge contest entries, is based on the number o9f work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2001, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"We're pleased to be recognized with this national award," said Mike Hays, superintendent of Vermillion Light & Power. "Vermillion Light & Power is proud of its safety record and will strive to continue safe and reliable electric service in this community."

The safety contest has been held annually for the last 42 years.

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