PIQUA — The city of Piqua’s municipally-owned power system has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2015. The utility earned a First Place award with a zero incidence rate in the category for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.
Aaron Haderle, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and superintendent of T&D Operations of Kissimmee Utility Authority, presented the award to Piqua’s Assistant Power System Director of Operations Bob Bowman on April 4 during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minn.
“Safety is and always will be our industry’s top priority,” Haderle said. “Each of these utilities should be proud of the work they’ve done to make public power communities across the country safer.”
More than 250 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is among the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according their number of workers hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2015. 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 2015, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“Our employees take great pride in providing exceptional, highly reliable service to Piqua residents and businesses, while our customers also enjoy some of the lowest electric costs in the region,” Piqua Power System Director Ed Kreiger said. “But above all else, we are proud of our safety record — proud that we practice what we preach and are committed to doing everything we can to send out people home to their families each and every night.”
The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 56 years. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community and state owned electric utilities.