KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 22, 2013 – The Florida Municipal Electric Association on Saturday presented its annual safety award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for the utility’s safe operating practices in 2012.
KUA earned the state’s third best safety record for electric utilities in category D, which is comprised of utilities with 400,000 to 999,999 worker-hours of exposure.
Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and judged for the most incident-free records during 2012. The incidence rate, used to judge contest entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2012, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“This recognition reflects KUA’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “In an industry where there is a high possibility of serious injuries and fatalities, safety training is the best line of defense against preventing accidents and saving lives.”
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent