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NYPA Receives First Place Award for Work Safety

Paul DeMichele

April 29, 2008


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that it has been named one of 88 public power systems to earn the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices in 2007. NYPA placed first in its category, which is based on employee population. 

“It is an honor to receive this award,” Roger B. Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer said. “The safety of NYPA employees is a top priority and this award reflects our commitment to safe operating practices.” 

Terry Huval, chairman of the APPA board of directors, presented the award to Edward Smith, senior industrial hygiene occupational health specialist, NYPA, during the Association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference, in Indianapolis earlier this month. 

“Implementing safe utility practices requires the commitment and hard work of the entire utility,” said Huval. “This collaborative effort to ensure the safety of employees is well demonstrated by these recognized utilities.” 

NYPA and 200 other utilities were judged in categories according to the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during the last year, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Since 1998, NYPA has placed first seven times and second three times in its category.

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 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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