Lodi Utilities, Lodi’s locally owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, recently earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2019. The utility earned a first place designation.
“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. “Lodi Utilities has 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).
“It’s important to be mindful of the risks of working with electricity because the safety of employees and residents is our top priority,” said Ann Groves Lloyd, Mayor of Lodi. “This award is a testament to the hard work that goes into ensuring that our utility employees 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.