While the convenience of electric power may have become commonplace in our country, working with electricity is still a hazardous job. At Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, the safety of our employees is always our No. 1 priority, and we do everything in our power to mitigate job hazards.
That’s why we’re extremely pleased that, as of Dec. 31, SVEC has worked 433 days without a doctor-treated injury. This outstanding achievement is a testament to the focus of all of our employees and the way they communicate with each other every day.
“To work an entire year without even a doctor-treated injury is awesome,” says SVEC Safety Director Mark Mosley. “It means employees get to enjoy what they like to do after a day’s work because they aren’t hurt. Ultimately, a concerted safety effort by all employees ensures that they go home each and every day to their families.”
SVEC continues to look for ways to keep our employees safe on the job, including our upcoming recertification with the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program. RESAP is a voluntary program that helps electric cooperatives increase safety awareness and requires involvement from all levels of the organization.
As part of that program, SVEC is setting its safety goals even higher for 2016. While we have met our goal of working injury-free for 12 months, there is still room for improvement this year: namely, eliminating vehicle incidents.
To aid in those efforts, SVEC has established two additional training programs through North West Lineman College, a four-year apprentice program and a three-year meter tech program. Each is structured to allow for information sharing between utility employees.
“Those programs really show that our employees are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile for themselves, SVEC and our members,” says Mosley. “We are able to get our employees trained in the programs we feel are important, and we also have the benefit of seeing how other utilities complete the same job.”
SVEC is proud of all our employees for working together to keep our cooperative injury-free this year, and we look forward to continuing to improve in 2016.