KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 19, 2010 – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has presented its annual safety award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for the utility’s continued commitment to safety and low incident rate during the past year.
Kissimmee Utility Authority earned the state’s second best safety record in 2009 for utilities with 400,000 to 799,999 man-hours worked.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to be recognized as one of Florida’s safest utilities,” 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.”
For the past 24 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally-owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2009, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Based in Tallahassee, Fla., FMEA (www.publicpower.com) is a service organization that represents Florida’s 34 municipally-owned electric utilities, 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 providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent