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
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.
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.