(April 19) Last week, Umatilla Electric Cooperative Journeyman Lineman Chris Wellington and Energy Northwest Engineering Supervisor Dan Long each received the NWPPA Safety Heroism Award on April 14 at NWPPA’s 2022 Engineering & Operations Conference in Spokane, Washington. The Safety Heroism Award recognizes an NWPPA member utility employee or team that displayed an act of unselfish and voluntary assistance in a situation where life, significant injury, or significant property loss would have been incurred were it not for the efforts of the individual or team. The NWPPA E&O Safety Subcommittee selects the winner of the annual Safety Heroism Award with concurrence from the NWPPA E&O Policy Committee.
The 2022 Northwest Public Power Association Safety Award winners were also announced that same evening. Safety contest awards are based upon a review of each utility’s safety contest form, the number of recordable injury/illness cases (the incident rate) in 2021, and the lost workdays (the severity rate) in 2021. Employees accepted the awards on behalf of their utilities at the conference’s closing banquet on Thursday evening in front of nearly 400 public power industry peers.
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