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Princeton Electric earns safety award

PRINCETON — The city of Princeton Electric Department has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices n 2013.

The Princeton utility earned the first place award in the category for utilities with 33,280 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

APPA Safety Committee Chairman Martin Bales presented the award April 7 during the APPA’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“In our line of work, safety is the top priority,” Bales said. “Without safety, we can’t serve our customers to the best of our abilities. This award recognizes utilities that have their priorities straight.”

More than 285 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 2013. 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 2013, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We at the city of Princeton Electric Department are proud of the service we provide to our customers,” said Princeton Electric Superintendent Jason Bird. “But above all else, we are proud of our safety record, proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night.”

The safety awards have been held annually for the last 54 years. APPA is a national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned and state-owned electric utilities.

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