NYPA Transmission Center in Central
New York Achieves Safety Milestone
March 14, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCYThe New York Power Authoritys (NYPA)
R. Clark Energy Center here reached a milestone last Friday (March 9) for being
without a recordable personal-injury accident for a period of two years for its workforce
of nearly 100 people.
"This is concrete example of how the Power Authoritys commitment to safety
translates to the work place," said NYPA President Gene Zeltmann, noting that nearly
every Power Authority site set a new performance record last year for safety. "The
achievement at Clark, along with the high standards followed at our other facilities,
demonstrates that our employees fully grasp the importance of safe worker practices and
know how to implement them."
The Clark Energy Center (CEC) is part of a 277-acre complex that serves as the hub of
the Power Authoritys transmission network, which spans much of New York and has
links to neighboring states and Canada. Its staff includes transmission linemen,
electricians, technicians, mechanics and engineersall engaged in monitoring and
maintaining nearly 500 circuit-miles of power lines and switchyards that deliver lower
cost power around the state. (The CEC also houses NYPAs Energy Control Center, a
command center for dispatching power statewide.)
"There are a number of reasons for the Clark Energy Centers excellent safety
record, not the least of which is a health and safety training program that all of the
centers employees must participate in each year," said Jim Ballard, CEC safety
administrator. "Besides use of personal protection equipment, it includes instruction
by an ergonomics specialist on preventive measures for avoiding injuries, such as stretch
The CECs previous best record without a recordable accident was for a period of
approximately one year, achieved more than a decade ago.
A recordable accident, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is any kind
of incident that requires subsequent medical treatment by a licensed physician.