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The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2019. The utility earned a 1st place award in the category for utilities with 30,000 - 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.
“Strong safety programs are essential to ensuring that electric utility employees are informed and trained on safe work procedures,” said Brandon Wylie, Chair of the Association’s Safety Committee and Director of Training & Safety at Electric Cities of Georgia. “The utilities receiving this award have proven that protecting the safety of their employees is a top priority.”
More than 335 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2019. 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 2019, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“The CBPU is proud of its safety record,” said Jeff Budd, Utility Director of the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities. “It is a part of our daily culture that we incorporate into everything we do. This award is a testament to the hard work that goes into ensuring that our team members go home safe to their families every day.”
The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 60 years. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.
The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities provides safe, reliable, competitive and efficient utility products and services for the same community in which it is owned and operated. The CBPU provides Electric, Water, Wastewater, Garbage, Internet and Phone Services. Their Simply Efficient Energy Optimization Program contributes dozens of residential and commercial rebates, recycling programs and home energy check-ups in order to help reduce usage and ultimately lower utility bills for their customers.