NYPA Receives National Recognition for Safe
March 27, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINSFor the fifth consecutive year, the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
has received the American Public Power Associations (APPA) highest safety award for
large public power organizations with at least 4 million worker-hours during the year.
"This is a tribute to the Power Authoritys continuing commitment to safe
operating practices at its power plants and transmission facilities," said NYPA
President Gene Zeltmann, Tuesday, noting that the award recognized the Authority for its
2000 safety performance. "Safety is the top priority at NYPA and we persistently
reinforce it with training programs so that our employees know how to incorporate it in
their day-to-day jobs."
Zeltmann added that he was particularly pleased that NYPA continues to improve on its
strong safety performance each year. He noted that it achieved a 34 percent overall
improvement during 2000, compared to 1999, which had also seen a comparable improvement in
safety over the previous year.
Approximately 30 large public power organizations competed in the Power
Authoritys category, with NYPA recording nearly two times fewer safety-related
incidents than the next best performer. Such incidents, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of
Labor statistics, are those that required an employee receiving subsequent medical
treatment by a licensed physician.
The APPA presented safety awards to the Power Authority and other utilities on Tuesday
at its Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A total of
approximately 220 utilities competed in different categories, determined by the size of