NYPA Receives Highest Award for Safety in the Work Place

Connie Cullen

April 8, 2003


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has again earned the highest award for safety presented by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The award was announced during APPA’s 2003 Engineering and Technical Conference recently held in Jacksonville, FL.  It is the seventh consecutive year that NYPA has taken a top award for achieving safety in the work place among the nation’s public power organizations.

“It is an honor to receive this award since it significantly reflects NYPA’s continuous commitment to safe operating practices,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer, New York Power Authority. “Safety is one of NYPA’s top priorities and because of that we are always striving to improve our methods and practices to assure the safety of our staff members.”

Zeltmann added that he is pleased that NYPA is recognized for its consistency in safety and performance. The safety record is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and worker-hours during the year, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

NYPA achieved First Place in Group G, the group with 2 to 4 million reportable worker hours. About 220 utilities competed in seven different categories. The safety contest has been held annually for the last 43 years.

The Power Authority, the nation’s largest state-owned utility, generates, transmits and sells power to New York government agencies, community-owned electric systems, job-producing companies, and to private utilities for re-sale without profit to their customers.