Utilities honored by APPA for safety practices

April 28, 2021

Five NMPP Energy member utilities were among 129 utilities that earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2020.

Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2020. Utilities’ 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).

NMPP Energy member utilities earning the award were Las Animas (Colo.) Municipal Power and Light, Nebraska City Utilities, Waverly (Iowa) Utilities, Gillette, Wyo. and Nebraska Public Power District.

“Utilities that receive an APPA Safety Award have demonstrated that they have made the health and safety of their employees a core value,” said Brandon Wylie, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Director of Training and Safety at Electric 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.”