N.Y. Power Authority Receives National Award for Workplace Safety

Denise Ellison
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April 15, 2013


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WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Monday its receipt of a national award from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for employee safety performance in 2012.

NYPA earned the second place award in the category of public power utilities around the country with one million to approximately 3.99 million worker-hours. This is the 12th time that the Power Authority has placed among the top three in this public power category of large utilities for the APPA’s Safety Award of Excellence.     

“The New York Power Authority gives the highest priority to ensuring the safety of the more than 1,600 employees at our generation and transmission facilities and offices around the state,” Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. “Worker safety is of the utmost importance to Governor Cuomo, our trustees and executive management, and it is reflected by the regularity by which the Power Authority has been recognized by the American Public Power Association with its annual safety award.”

Since 1994, NYPA, which has 16 clean power plants and more than 1,400-circuit-miles of transmission lines, has placed first six times for the APPA safety award; second, five times; and third, once.

“We have spared no effort to instill a culture of safety throughout our organization, making sure our employees have the appropriate training and understanding to safely carrying out their jobs, whether it’s maintaining and repairing high-voltage transmission lines, installing new power equipment or working on the grounds of our power plants and offices,” said John Kahabka, NYPA vice president for Environmental Health and Safety. 

“We reinforce this safety message all the time and closely track how we’re doing with monthly performance metrics that are provided to our Board of Trustees and executive management.”

“Keeping utility staff and customers safe should be every utility’s top priority,” said Bob Rumbaugh, chair of the APPA Safety Committee, at the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference on March 25 in Kissimmee, Fla., where the safety awards were presented.   

In its annual assessment of the safety records of  more than 280 public power utilities around the country, the APPA groups them in eight categories, according to work force size, as reflected by worker hours, and ranks them on the basis of the number of work-related recordable injuries or illnesses in the prior year. Guidelines for the competition are defined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The APPA, which has presented the safety awards over the last 53 years, is the national service organization for the more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities serving 45 million people nationwide.

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information,

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