The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 21 of its public power members for their continued commitment to safe work practices throughout the year 2020.
For the past 30 years, FMEA has recognized Florida public power utilities’ efforts to ensure crew safety is the highest priority. Utilities are placed into categories based on total worker hours and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2020, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“Linework is an incredibly rewarding profession, but it is also among the most dangerous. Lineworkers troubleshoot thousands of calls annually and work in every type of extreme weather and circumstance. They risk electrocution, falls, burns and other injuries as part of their daily efforts to provide reliable and affordable power,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “I commend each member recognized for making the safety of their crews their number one priority.”
The recognition reflects FMEA members’ commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are possible, safety training is a critical component to preventing accidents and saving lives.
The following utilities were presented with a Safety Award in their category:
Category A (0-59,999 man-hours):
City of Alachua – Perfect Record
City of Blountstown – Perfect Record
City of Bushnell – Perfect Record
City of Chattahoochee – Perfect Record
City of Mount Dora – Perfect Record
City of Newberry – Perfect Record
City of Starke – Perfect Record
City of Wauchula – Perfect Record
City of Winter Park – Perfect Record
Town of Havana – Perfect Record
Category B (60,000-199,999 man-hours):
Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach – Perfect Record
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority – 2nd Place
City of Leesburg – 3rd Place
Category C (200,000-399,999 man-hours):
Keys Energy Services – 1st place
Ocala Electric Utility – 2nd place
Category D (400,000-949,999 man-hours):
Gainesville Regional Utilities – 1st place
City of Tallahassee – 2nd place
Kissimmee Utility Authority – 3rd place
Category E (950,000-2,499,999 man-hours):
Lakeland Electric – 1st Place
Orlando Utilities Commission – 2nd Place
Category G (2,500,000-greater man-hours):
JEA – Special Recognition
Florida’s public power utilities are locally owned, locally controlled and locally operated, enabling them to quickly respond to the needs of their communities. They are also among some of the most affordable and reliable power providers in the state.
For more information on FMEA and Florida’s public power communities, please visit www.publicpower.com.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 33 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.