Muscatine Power and Water (MPW) has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2020. The utility earned a Second-Place award among utilities of similar size with similar worker-hours of annual worker exposure.
“2020 was a record year for MPW, in terms of safety,” said Brandy Olson, Director of Legal, Regulatory and People Services, “and it’s great that APPA has recognized us for the hard work we put in every day to keep our co-workers safe.”
OSHA Recordable Incidents for 2020 were at their lowest levels (1 total) in MPW’s recorded safety history, going back to 1972. “MPW values employee safety above all else. We all recognize the importance of going home to our families each day; and that drives our dedication to safety,” Olson said.
“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 & 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.”
329 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 the most incident-free records during 2020. 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 2020, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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.
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