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Posted on: May 2, 2023

CBPU honored with national award for outstanding safety practices

Group Photo of CBPU Electric Department in 2022

Washington, D.C. (2 May 2023) - The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2022. The CBPU earned First place in Group C for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. 

“Safety needs to be the first thing on every utility employee’s mind as they go about their work," said Jim Boyd, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Electric Operations Safety Manager at Tacoma Power, Tacoma Washington. “The utilities honored by APPA for excellence in this area should be proud of the culture they have instilled in serving their communities.” 

283 utilities from across the country entered the annual Safety Awards. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on incident-free records and overall state of their safety programs and culture during 2022. The incidence rate is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2022, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

“The CBPU cares deeply about sending our employees home to their families safely every single day,” said Harold Jenkins, the Safety Service Coordinator with the CBPU. “We are proud to be honored for all the work that goes into standing behind this commitment.” 

The Safety Awards have been held annually for more than 65 years. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. 

About the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU):  As a municipally owned utility provider in the City of Coldwater, Michigan, the CBPU is proud to offer electric, water, wastewater, and telecommunication services. Their mission is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable utility products and services.

About the City of Coldwater: The City of Coldwater is a town in southern Michigan. Established in 1861, the City is a thriving community centrally located between Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Kalamazoo. Known for its historic charm and up-and-coming atmosphere, the City annually hosts events such as Strawberry Fest, Apple Fest, Winter Fest, and Hops on Monroe. The City of Coldwater is one of the fastest-growing communities in the State of Michigan.


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