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NYPA Employee, a Utica Resident, Wins National Poster Contest

Tim Koranda

July 6, 2007


MARCY—Echoing Shakespeare’s dictum that “The best safety lies in fear,” Terri Goff, security guard, Frederick R. Clark Energy Center, New York Power Authority (NYPA), scribbled, “Think Before You Work. A Life May Depend On It.”

The Utica native subsequently submitted the idea as her entry to an annual contest run by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for the best safety poster. To her astonishment, she won.

“Safety is of prime importance at NYPA,” Goff said. “I simply wanted to present a poster design that would get people’s attention. It’s not only your own life at risk; you could be placing someone else in jeopardy.”

“Safety is an important value here and is enshrined in the Power Authority’s mission statement,” said Power Authority Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr. “With her acute safety antennae, Terri is a very valuable person to have around. Her winning poster is certain to get plenty of attention from our employees.”

Goff’s triumphant idea will soon grace thousands of posters distributed by the IBEW to plant sites throughout the country. The poster is explicitly meant as a warning for workers to embrace good safety practices.  “If it prevents just one accident, it’s money well-spent,” said NYPA’s Roger Clough, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2032.

Goff, in creating her winning entry, reflected on the need for good safety practices at power plants and energy control centers, where employees face such hazards as high voltage lines and fast-spinning turbines.  She cited the Power Authority’s emphasis on safety and the fact that the NYPA had won the American Public Power Association top safety award eight times in the past 11 years.

    About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA 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 is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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