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Suwannee Valley Electric reaches safety milestone
Employees of Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) achieved a safety milestone today, having worked an all-time-high 340,596 man hours over 715 consecutive days without a lost-time injury.
“The well-being of our employees is a top priority and we want to make sure they all go home safe to their families every day,” said SVEC Executive Vice President & CEO, Michael McWaters. “Safety is also important from a business point of view because injuries reduce productivity and increase insurance rates and workers compensation costs.”
The last injury that caused an SVEC employee to miss work occurred on October 2, 2014. Since then, work accomplished has included construction of a new substation to enhance reliability, restoration of power following Hurricane Hermine, and continual maintenance of an electric system comprised of equipment in 13 substations and over 4,300 miles of power lines.
SVEC employees receive frequent training on best safety practices which can mean the difference between life and death when working on energized lines that carry up to 25,000 volts.
“Going nearly two years without a serious injury is quite an achievement considering the nature of our work and the types of tasks our employees perform every day,” said SVEC Job Training & Safety Director, Mark Mosley. “Our employees know they are responsible for their own safety, as well as the safety of their co-workers and the public.”
SVEC also provides electrical safety education programs to first responders, schools and others.