Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) recognized 39 of its public power members, including Waupun Utilities for their commitment to worker safety.
Wisconsin lineworkers and electric crews risk receiving serious or fatal injuries while providing affordable and reliable power. Public power communities across the state emphasize the importance of safety training and daily safe work practices.
MEUW recognizes and rewards safe operations through its annual Safety Achievement Awards. Utilities are placed into categories based on the total number of hours worked, receiving recognition based on the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to evaluate utilities is based on the number of work-related recordable injuries or illnesses, compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2022, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Waupun Utilities received a 2022 Safety Achievement Award – Gold Category – for its safety performance in 2022.
“Work in the electric utility industry requires a constant focus on safety,” said Tim Heinrich, MEUW President and CEO. “Our association is proud to recognize that on-the-job focus — following safety rules, using safe work practices, and watching out for one another.”
“As importantly, we recognize the commitment of management and the local utility governing board to developing an environment and a culture that supports and values safe operations,” he added. “Providing employees with the equipment they need to do the job safely, as well as training to maintain or improve their skills, is vitally important to achieving a strong safety record. We applaud our member communities for their dedication to safety excellence.”
“Safety is our number one concern for our staff and customers,” said Steve Brooks, Waupun Utilities General Manager. “Providing the necessary training and equipment play a vital role in helping to keep everyone safe.”
Wisconsin’s 81 public power utilities are locally owned, locally controlled and locally operated, enabling them to quickly respond to the needs of their communities. They are also among some of the most affordable and reliable power providers in the state.
Pictured: Steve Brooks, Waupun Utilities General Manager and
Mike Czuprynko, MEUW Director of Safety Services and Operations