Farmers RECC Achieves Sixth Governor's Safety and Health Award
Farmers RECC employees accept their sixth Governor's Safety and Health Award from Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson
In August of last year, Farmers RECC surpassed 500,000 man hours worked with no lost time accidents, making Farmers RECC eligible for their sixth Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The employees received their award from Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson on October 14th.
The Governor’s Safety and Health Award provides special recognition for outstanding safety and health performance and encourages the development of programs designed to reduce and even eliminate occupational injuries and illnesses. In 2018-2019, only 48 other Kentucky businesses received the award.
“Farmers Rural Electric has always been a responsive, caring group of people,” said Labor Secretary David A. Dickerson. “You all do great work.”
In the electric utility industry, safety is the top priority, especially considering the hazardous nature of the work involved in providing reliable electricity to members. Farmers RECC linemen maintain thousands of miles of electric lines and equipment and regularly work around high voltage electric lines. In addition, trips, slips and falls can be just as hazardous to workers’ health.
“We are very proud of our employee team's commitment to safety and the recognition they have received today,” said Bill Prather, President and CEO of Farmers RECC. “However, what pleases us most is that they work safely and go home to their families healthy at the end of each day.”
Farmers RECC serves more than 25,000 meters in eight South Central Kentucky counties. Their electric system spans more than 3,600 miles of line, 63,000 transformers, and countless other pieces of hazardous equipment.
The milestone, while momentous, is not the first for Farmers RECC. In 2016, the Cooperative received its fifth Governor’s Safety and Health Award for surpassing 250,000 hours worked with no lost time accidents.