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N.Y. Power Authority Receives Award for Work Place Safety

Connie M. Cullen

May 3, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                          

WHITE PLAINS—For the 10th consecutive year, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is one of the recipients of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Electric Utility Safety Awards.  The APPA announced its awards for 2005 at its 2006 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Sacramento CA, with NYPA ranked second out of 18 public power utilities in its category, for safety in the work place.  Since 1996, NYPA has placed first, eight times, and second, twice. 

“These outstanding awards were earned by our employees through their efforts to keep safety topmost in their priorities,” said Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.  “As satisfying as it is to acknowledge a job well done, everyone at NYPA recognizes that safety is fundamental to the way we go about our work, and something that must never be compromised.”

“Public power utilities pride themselves on safe operations in all facets of the community’s electrical system,” said William Gallagher, chair, APPA Board of Directors. “Earning this award shows that the Power Authority has a real concern for the safety of local residents, businesses and its employees.”

NYPA is judged by APPA in the category for utilities with 1,000,000 to 3,999,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.  The awards are based on recordable injuries, number of workers and total hours worked during the year during 2005 as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tim Faulds, a NYPA safety and fire protection specialist, and Fishkill resident, accepted the award for the Power Authority from Gallagher, who is also general manager of Vermont Public Power Supply.

More than 250 public power utilities entered the annual contest.  The safety contest has been held annually for the last 46 years.  APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities.

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