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Big Rivers Electric Collects Four Governor’s Safety and Health Awards

Employees honored for stellar workplace safety record

Big Rivers Electric Corporation earned four of the 25 Governor’s Safety and Health Awards announced this month. The awards recognize an outstanding commitment to workplace safety.

Employees working at four Big Rivers locations logged more than 4 million consecutive hours on the job through Dec. 31, 2021, without recording a workplace injury accident or illness that resulted in lost time, according to the cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards.

  • Energy Transmission & Substation (Henderson): 750,119 Hours
  • Green Station (Robards): 250,000 Hours
  • Wilson Station (Centertown): 1,000,000 Hours
  • Headquarters (Henderson): 2,000,000 Hours
Big Rivers Chief Operations Officer Mike Pullen speaks during the 2022 Governor's Health and Safety Conference in May 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear was on hand May 10 at the annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exhibition in Bowling Green to present the award to company officials. During his keynote address, he urged employers to protect Kentucky workers as construction projects across the commonwealth continue to boom and factories ramp up capacity.

ET&S Award
Green Station Award
Wilson Station Award
HQ Award

For more than three decades, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and Kentucky Safety and Health Network, Inc. have partnered to host the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition. The annual event provides private-sector employers an opportunity to attend technical training on a myriad of workplace safety topics and engage with safety and health specialists.

Increased attention to workplace safety by employers in recent years has continued to pay dividends, according to the Governor. The state’s recordable, nonfatal private- and public-sector occupational injury and illness rate fell last year to the lowest point on record since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it in 1996.

Big Rivers Implodes Stacks at Coleman Station

Big Rivers Implodes Stacks at Coleman Station

Big Rivers Electric Corporation imploded the stacks that once served Kenneth C. Coleman Station in Hawesville on March 23, 2022. The 443-megawatt power plant on the Ohio River began generation from its first unit in 1969 and later expanded to three units. Big Rivers idled the coal-fired power station in 2014. After nearly a yearContinue Reading

Public Service Commission Approves Big Rivers’ Plans for New Owensboro Headquarters

Public Service Commission Approves Big Rivers’ Plans for New Headquarters Official Groundbreaking in Owensboro Scheduled for January 2022 OWENSBORO, Ky. (December 16, 2021) – Big Rivers Electric Corporation will soon hold the official groundbreaking for a new Headquarters facility in downtown Owensboro. In an order signed on December 7, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC)Continue Reading

Big Rivers Donates $40,000 to Hancock County Community Organizations

Big Rivers Donates $40,000 to Hancock County Community Organizations

HANCOCK COUNTY CLARION (June 30, 2021) Earlier this year Big Rivers Electric Corporation started the process to decommission the Coleman power plant outside of Hawesville. The plant contained many valuable items, and the company decided to hold an auction for plant employees and let them purchase the items. To the company’s surprise, the auction raisedContinue Reading

Big Rivers & IBEW 1701 Donate $25,000 to Two Owensboro Non-Profits

Daniel Pitino Shelter and Hayden Home for Girls to Receive $12,500 Each OWENSBORO – Big Rivers Electric Corporation and IBEW Local 1701 partnered in May 2021 to donate a total of $25,000 to two Owensboro non-profit agencies. Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson joined the check presentations held at each location on the morning of May 4th,Continue Reading

Big Rivers Legislative Director Named to National Coal Council

Big Rivers Director Legislative Affairs and Government Relations Sharla Wells will join the Federal Advisory Committee, which serves the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Wells was appointed to the National Coal Council in January 2021 and will serve a term that extends until July 1, 2022. The National Coal Council is one of three Federal AdvisoryContinue Reading

Daughter of Big Rivers IT Architect Works on Team Behind First Lady’s Inauguration Look

Daughter of Big Rivers IT Architect Works on Team Behind First Lady’s Inauguration Look

On the chilly morning of January 20, soon-to-be First Lady Jill Biden walked out onto the steps of the US Capitol building with the eyes of the world watching. Every aspect of this Inauguration ceremony had been carefully organized. But even after weeks of planning, Biden’s choice of blue, beaded Markarian dress and sparkly tweed coat still took one Henderson native by surprise.Continue Reading