Co-op Earns Safety Achievement Award
CCEC has earned the Certificate of Safety Achievement for 2018, a reflection of the co-op’s commitment to a culture of safety.
CCEC Safety Coordinator Ryan Weston accepted the award at the NC Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting in Raleigh on April 3.
To earn the award, the cooperative underwent an unannounced safety inspection called the Rural Electricity Safety Achievement Program (RESAP), which is conducted by the NC Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC).
This inspection reviews every aspect of the co-op to determine if an adequate level of safe practices is maintained. The co-op is evaluated on the building, equipment, employee knowledge, and numerous other items. NCEMC’s Job Training & Safety division uses the nationwide RESAP program questionnaire, which addresses more than 200 safety areas.
“Our employees continue to take ownership and responsibility for safety across the organization, and they are doing a great job,” Weston said.
When in the field, linemen conduct tailgate meetings prior to performing the task at hand. This ensures that all are on the same page as to what each lineman’s responsibility is, and how the crew will coordinate the work. On line crews, everyone from the most senior employee to the most junior employee has the authority to immediately halt a job if a safety hazard is identified.
All employees receive periodic training on subjects such as CPR, first aid, bloodborne pathogens, proper lifting methods, office safety, etc. Office employees are also trained how to use safe work habits. This includes everything from placing warning signs on wet floors to using an alert system during a robbery.
“CCEC has a culture of safety that permeates everything we do,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “This achievement means a lot because it reflects the diligence of all employees, inside and out.”
Safety Coordinator Ryan Weston tests grounding equipment to ensure the safety or workers in the field.
CCEC Lineman Dowle Smith performs poletop rescue training, which is required once a year.