Going home, safe and sound

By Robin Doege, President/CEO

One can’t see, hear or smell national-safety-monthelectricity. When electricity becomes obvious, an injury or worse has already occurred.
TWEC crews work in an extremely hazardous environment. Falls and electrocution rank number one and two for construction workplace fatalities. Our line workers work on high voltage electric lines, up in the air, every day.
June is National Safety Month, and staying safe is a very important part of TWEC’s culture. Our company goal is zero vehicle accidents, zero OHSA recordable injuries, and zero injury lost-time days. We call this our Triple Zero safety goal.
“Be safe. Make sure that you go home safe and sound at the end of the day!” TWEC employees have heard me say this a time or two!
From 2013-2015, TWEC’s employees experienced only 4 OSHA recordable injuries while working 165,000 hours during that period. Safe work behaviors affect our bottom line. In 2016 TWEC received a refund from our workers compensation insurance of nearly $50,000 for our past safety performance.
TWEC spends considerable time and resources providing safety training for our employees. We also conduct school safety training programs, teach electrical safety to elementary school students, and provide high voltage safety training for first responders. TWEC works hard to make sure that our members, and the public, are aware of all the dangers associated with electricity.
This month, the National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting work place safety and promoting safety in our homes. Each week through the month of June, the NSC is promoting a different safety topic:
Week 1: Stand Ready to Respond
Week 2: Be Healthy
Week 3: Watch Out for Dangers
Week 4: Share Roads Safely
For more information on June National Safety Month, check out www.nsc.org.
Take care and be safe!

Comments

  1. I think an important key to safety for the general public is to be aware of your surroundings and being smart about choices. Looking where you are walking, when driving having full attention on the road, not attempting electrical work or other work that is better left off to a professional, not going near downed power lines, etc. It sounds like even though your company works with high voltage lines, that you have a good safety record. I love that you teach safety programs, that is great. Thanks for sharing!

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