OUC Receives Utility Worker Safety Award

Apr 07, 2011

ORLANDO – OUC – The Reliable One has received a first-place Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

"At OUC, we're committed to working safely, 365 days a year, in every area of our organization. Our employees are dedicated to providing and maintaining reliable electric service to our customers as they contend with the physical demands, adverse weather and exposure to dangerous conditions," said Ken Ksionek, OUC General Manager & CEO. "We strive to lower the risk of injury through ongoing comprehensive training and constant attention to working safely."

For the past 25 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker hours during 2010, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OUC was awarded first place in category E, which comprises utilities with 1,000,000 to 2,499,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects OUC’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to customers. In an industry where there is a high possibility of serious injuries and fatalities, safety training and following safe work practice are the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.

Awards were presented on April 2 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Ocala. The banquet was the culmination of a two-day event that included technical skills training and the 11th annual Florida Lineman Competition.

OUC—The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 221,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit OUC.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.

About FMEA

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.