Zeltmann, NYPA President, Highlights 3-Part
Approach to Worker Safety
October 18, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCY, N.Y.New York Power Authority President and Chief Operating Officer
Eugene W. Zeltmann told a utility safety group Thursday that NYPAs outstanding
worker safety record reflects a commitment by the Authoritys top management to
"caring, coaching and collaborating."
"Because we care about our employees, we aggressively address hazardous conditions
and reckless approaches that may endanger them as they work to help the Power Authority
attain its goals," Zeltmann said at a meeting of the New York State Public Utility
Safety Directors Association at NYPAs Frederick R. Clark Energy Center.
Noting that coaching is intended to build awareness of safety issues, Zeltman said that
"a good coach obviously wants to get the job done. But a great coach puts workers
first. He or she consistently strives to help employees develop safe working habits and
recognizes that while doing the job is important, doing it safely is even more so."
Collaborating, he said, includes building relationships with federal and state safety
Zeltmann told the representatives of electric, gas and telecommunications utilities
that the Power Authority has won the American Public Power Associations top safety
award for the nations largest publicly owned electric utilities in each of the past
five years. He attributed this success to "personal accountability coupled with
"Safety isnt the responsibility of a single person," he said, "but
requires a concerted effort by all people within an organization. It involves not only the
workers, but also management at all levels, to the most senior executives. At the Power
Authority, I believe that senior-level commitment and support have been absolutely
essential to establishing an effective safety and health program."
Zeltmann said that NYPA has taken various initiatives to assure continued excellence in
safety, including sharing information among its facilities, benchmarking safety
performance against that of other entities and communicating with employees through an
intranet web page and other means.
He noted that the Clark Energy Center, which houses NYPAs
statewide energy control center and various transmission maintenance and training
functions, has gone more than two years without a recordable accident. A recordable
accident, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is one resulting in medical
treatment by a licensed physician.