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NYPA Receives First Place Award for Work Safety

Paul DeMichele


May 27, 2009


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) received the first place American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Electric Utility Safety Award for operating practices in 2008. 

“The Power Authority is pleased to have received top honors from the American Public Power Association for the second consecutive year,” Richard M. Kessel, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. “The safety of our more than 1,600 employees is paramount to us, and it is reflected by the priority that we give to avoiding accidents or incidents at our generating and transmission facilities around the state and other employee sites.” 

NYPA and 200 other utilities were judged by the APPA in categories according to the number of work-related recordable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during the previous year, as defined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Power Authority was entered in the second-largest category, for systems with 1 million to 3,999,999 worker-hours. 

The safety awards were presented in late March by Maude Grantham-Richards, chairwoman of the APPA Board of Directors, at the Association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Austin, Tex. John Kahabka, NYPA’s vice president for Environmental Health and Safety, accepted the award on the Power Authority’s behalf. 

“In our industry, safety isn’t just important—it’s vital,” said Grantham-Richards. “These exceptional utilities have demonstrated unfaltering commitment to the most essential component of electric service.” 

Since 1994, NYPA has placed first 11 times and second four times in its category. 

APPA is the national service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities serving 45 million people.

■    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.   For more information,

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