Vermillion Light and Power honored Vermillion Light & Power has earned the American Public Power Association�s 2002 Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices. The utility earned a first place award in the category for utilities with 20,8000 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. APPA Chairman of the Board Mark Crisson presented the award on April 1, during the association�s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, in Jacksonville, FL.
�This award honors utility employees and management for creating a safe operating environment,� said Crisson director of Tacoma, WA., Public Utilities. �Safe practices ensure the well-being of employees and consumers.�
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 2002. The incidence rate, used to judge contest entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2002, 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 43 years. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-and state-owned electric utilities.