Farmers RECC employees accept their fifth Governor’s Safety and Health Award from Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes.
Glasgow, Ky. (October 10, 2017)
In August 2016, Farmers RECC surpassed 250,000 man hours worked with no lost time accidents, making Farmers RECC eligible for their fifth Governor’s Safety and Health Award.
In the electric utility industry, safety is the top priority, especially considering the hazardous nature of the work involved in providing reliable electricity to members. Farmers RECC linemen maintain thousands of miles of electric lines and equipment and regularly work around high voltage electric lines. In addition, trips, slips and falls can be just as hazardous to workers’ health.
“We are very proud of our employee team’s commitment to safety and the recognition they have received today,” said Bill Prather, President and CEO of Farmers RECC. “However, what pleases us most is that they work safely and go home to their families healthy at the end of each day.”
Farmers RECC serves more than 25,000 meters in eight South Central Kentucky counties. Their electric system spans more than 3,600 miles of line, 63,000 transformers, and countless other pieces of hazardous equipment.
The milestone, while momentous, is not the first for Farmers RECC. In 2013, the Cooperative received its fourth Governor’s Safety and Health Award for surpassing four years with no lost time accidents.
“Working on safety never ends,” said Prather.
Farmers RECC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative with a mission to provide reliable, competitively-priced energy that will enhance the quality of life for their member-owners and the communities they serve.