CAPTION: Lines Technician Shannon Wilkerson is one of the more than 500 PowerSouth employees recognized for achieving a full year with no lost-time accidents.
ANDALUSIA, ALA.– For the third time in company history, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative employees have achieved a full year with no lost-time accidents.
The safety achievement, reached at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 10, represents more than 1.1 million safe working hours by more than 500 employees.
“PowerSouth employees demonstrate a superior level of safety, as evidenced by this remarkable safety achievement,” says Buddy Manring, PowerSouth Safety Manager. “Reaching a year without a lost-time accident proves PowerSouth employees’ commitment to one another’s safety, and they deserve much praise for accomplishing this feat.”
While there are many office jobs at PowerSouth, hundreds of employees often work under extreme conditions. Plant workers and linemen routinely work around live electricity in less-than-optimal conditions, presenting some of the worst-case scenarios in a work environment. This level of exposure illustrates the magnitude of this safety accomplishment.
“I commend all employees for their dedication to safety, regardless of working conditions,” said Gary Smith, PowerSouth President and CEO. “Going a full year without a lost-time accident is a tremendous accomplishment, especially for the electric utility industry.”
A good safety record also impacts PowerSouth’s bottom line. Accidents affect insurance and workers compensation rates, as well as productivity and overall cost to PowerSouth’s 20 distribution members.
“We do all we can to provide a safe working environment for our employees, and we emphasize safety as our number one value,” Manring said.
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PowerSouth serves the wholesale energy needs of 16 electric cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and northwest Florida, with more than a million consumers in 39 Alabama and 10 Florida counties. PowerSouth is dedicated to providing reliable energy at the lowest possible cost to its members.
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