Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative puts safety first, and several employees have recently reinforced that mission with safety certifications and awards.
CCEC’s Safety Compliance Coordinator Ryan Weston recently completed an intensive program in electric utility safety and loss control. The Loss Control Internship is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the National Utility Training and Safety Education Association.
The program is designed to instruct participants in many areas related to electric utility industry safety. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4 million injuries occur annually in the workplace. One of the goals of a Certified Loss Control Professional is to help ensure a safe work environment for utility workers and the public in general. Avoiding workplace accidents avoids down time and can ultimately lead to lower utility rates. Weston is one of only a few electric utility professionals in the country who received this certification in 2016.
The program requires participants to complete a rigorous serious of seminars and tests, a 30-hour OSHA course, and a detailed final course project. Participants go through four six-day sessions that are designed to challenge and educate them in new, innovative safety strategies. Participants must also maintain their certification by attending courses every year to stay on top of changes in the industry.
Weston and CCEC Line Supervisor Shannon Inman recently completed Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor Training, a program provided by the Institute for Transportation Research and Education.
Additionally, 33 employees earned Safe Driving Awards for 2016. They are: Michael Barts, Ronnie Cayton, Melvin Davis, Lynn Dickson, John Doneghy, Tim Ford, Michael Garner, Steve Garris, Daniel Gooch, Romanuel Green, David Harper, Shannon Inman, Bruce Johnson, Jake Joplin, Joey Klott, Jonathan Long, Gary Mann, Greyson Millis, Darvene Montford, Jeff McGilvery, Will Pittman, Paul Quillen, Don Russell, Ted Simpson, Dowle Smith, Steve Smith, Josh South, Jeff Starnes, Mark Thompson, Milton Tripp, Christian Wiedner, Rodney Williams, and Tommy Willis.