Claiborne Electric management and members of the Co-op's Board of Directors were presented with the Statewide Safety Award on July 30 during the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives' Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge.
Mark Brown, Claiborne Electric's General Manager and CEO, said the award is one of the most prestigious honors he can imagine, because of what it represents.
"We have the privilege of serving Louisiana electric cooperative members along with eight other fantastic cooperatives in this great state, and the safety program at each one is top-of-the-line," Brown said. "To know that our safety program shined the brightest in 2011 makes it a proud day at Claiborne Electric."
Brown said the Co-op instituted a new safety campaign in early 2011. The campaign served as a constant reminder to employees of the Co-op's three most basic safety rules. Employees were rewarded when they could successfully quote a specific rule when asked randomly by Brown. Brown said this award is evidence that the campaign has been working.
"We want to empower our employees with every safety measure available to us," Brown said "The Statewide Safety Award is a real achievement, and we're proud to bring it home to Claiborne Electric."
Brown noted that Claiborne Electric employees recorded 222,797 work hours without a lost-time accident since January of 2011, a figure that includes emergency restoration work performed after storms and during other adverse operating conditions.
The winner of the Statewide Safety Award is determined by using a comprehensive formula that accounts for safe operation on the job including field work, warehouse work, transportation and all other aspects necessary to deliver reliable, affordable power to Claiborne Electric members.
Also on hand to accept the large brass loving cup on behalf of the Cooperative's board and employees were board members Richard Noles, Rand Kilgore and Leroy Perritt.
"We're certainly proud of this accomplishment and humbled by this recognition," Noles said. "Our goal is to carry on our commitment to safety, to improve every day, and to make sure everyone understands that following the proper procedures on the job is critically important. It's important for the health and well-being of our members, our employees and the public at-large, but it's also important in making sure that we operate as effectively and efficiently as possible on behalf of our consumers."
A key component of Claiborne Electric's overall safety efforts is its participation in the Louisiana Lineman Training Program, designed and administered by the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) in Baton Rouge.