CREWE – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) celebrated a significant safety achievement this week as staff and employees were treated to a special rewards luncheon. Held at each of SEC’s four district offices, the catered meals were a ‘thank-you’ to personnel for the recent completion of three years without a "lost time" work-related injury. Representing approximately 907,256 work hours, the milestone was reached at midnight, Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Several board members, including SEC Board Chairman Dr. Frank Bacon and Vice Chairman Dr. Earl Currin, were in attendance from each district to congratulate all personnel and to encourage them onward towards the one million-hour mark and beyond. SEC President & CEO Jeff Edwards also addressed the lunch attendees, reminding them why safety is so important at SEC. "It is our top priority to return each of you safely to your families at the end of every day. Nothing matters more to us than that - I urge you all to keep your families in mind, day-in and day-out. This is a significant accomplishment, and let’s continue our vigilant dedication to a safe work environment," Edwards remarked. Also addressing employees were George Felts, SEC manager of operations & engineering, and Tony Powell, SEC safety coordinator. Each congratulated those in attendance and urged all employees to maintain the culture of safety-excellence that has been established over the last three years.
"Lost time injuries," are most commonly defined as a non-fatal work-related injury or illness that causes any loss of time from work beyond the day the injury occurs, or which causes an individual to be transferred to different duties because of his inability to perform his normal job function. Injury statistics of such incidents are closely tracked by state and federal agencies, insurance companies and industry experts. For SEC, so few injuries has placed the cooperative in the top performing quartile in the industry among incident and Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers (DART) rates as measured by Federated Insurance and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).While the milestone is most importantly a safety achievement, it also represents a significant decrease in insurance premiums and other accident-related costs, resulting in savings for the cooperative and its members. SEC ranks as a top quartile performer among workers compensation claims, spending less than 300 dollars in claims in 36 months. Further, the absence of lost-time accidents means higher productivity and improved moral among employees, allowing SEC to better serve its members. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC is a member-owned electric-distribution utility serving more than 54,000 meters throughout southern and central Virginia. For more information about the cooperative, visit www.sec.coop. For additional news releases, please visit: www.sec.coop/news-and-events.