March 26, 2021

Outstanding Safety Practices Earn Local Utilities National Recognition

Local utilities are being recognized for earning a Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices. Presented by the American Public Power Association (APPA), 19 of WPPI Energy’s member-owners received the award for their 2020 safety performance.

“This award demonstrates the strong commitment these utilities have to keeping their lineworkers safe,” said Chris Chartier, director of distribution services for WPPI Energy. “This work can be dangerous, and the number one goal for utilities is making sure staff get home safely to their family at the end of the day.”

Congratulations to the following utilities:

  • Black River Falls Municipal Electric & Water Utilities
  • Brodhead Water & Light
  • Columbus Water & Light
  • Evansville Water & Light Dept.
  • Independence Light & Power
  • Lodi Municipal Light & Water Utility
  • Menasha Utilities
  • Muscoda Utilities
  • New Richmond City Utilities
  • Oconomowoc Utilities
  • Plymouth Utilities
  • Prairie du Sac Electric Department
  • Reedsburg Utility Commission
  • City Utilities of Richland Center
  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities
  • Sun Prairie Utilities
  • Waunakee Utilities
  • Waupun Utilities
  • Whitehall Municipal Electric Utility

Across the nation, there were 329 utilities who entered the Safety Awards, which have been held annually for 65 years. Entrants were judged by their incidence rate, which is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2020, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Utilities that receive an APPA Safety Award have demonstrated that they have made the health and safety of their employees a core value,” said Brandon Wylie, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Director of Training & Safety at Electric Cities of Georgia. “Designing and maintaining a top-notch utility safety program takes a lot of hard work and commitment. These utilities and their communities should be very proud.”