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SBU has earned the American Public Power Association’s Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices in 2011. The utility earned First award in the category for utilities with 44,644 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. Darrell Shaw, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Safety & Technical Training Specialist at Memphis, Tennessee, Light Gas & Water Division presented the award on April 17, during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Safety should always be priority number one for electric utilities,” said Shaw. “Sending each and every one of our employees home safe to their families every night is what it’s all about.”

More than 275 utilities entered the annual contest. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and judged for the most incident-free records during 2011. The incidence rate, used to judge contest entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2011, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“A lot of work goes into building a strong safety record,” said Jim Stawicki, General Manager of SBU. “SBU looks forward to continuing to improve its safety practices as it provides reliable service to the community.”

The safety contest has been held annually for the last 52 years. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities.


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