NY Power Authority Receives
Highest Award For Work Place Safety
April 19, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
has earned the highest award presented in American Public Power
Association’s (APPA) 2004 Electric Utility Safety Awards for safe
operating practices. The award was announced Monday during APPA’s 2005
Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Memphis, Tenn. This is
eighth time, in nine years, NYPA has taken the first place award in its
category for achieving safety in the work place among the nation’s
public power organizations.
“This remarkable record is the result of NYPA’s
all-out commitment to safety—to planning and practice, to training, to
attention to detail and to a willingness to learn from experience. It
is a tribute to our employees at all locations and to our safety and
health professionals,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief
executive officer, NYPA.
“Safely operating your electrical system ensures
the safety of local residents and businesses as well as utilities
workers,” said Jan Schoir, chair of the APPA Board of Directors.
“Winning this award shows that your utility not only talks the talk, but
when it comes to safety, they walk the walk.”
NYPA earned a first place award in the category for
utilities with 1,000,000 to 3,999,999 worker-hours of annual worker
exposures. The award is based on the Authority’s recordable injuries,
number of workers and total hours worked during the year as judged
against comparable public power organizations.
Ed Smith, a Brewster resident, in NYPA’s White
Plains Office Safety Oversight Group, accepted the award from Schoir,
who is also general manager of Sacramento, Calif., Municipal Utility
More than 200 utilities competed in seven different
categories. The safety contest has been held annually for the last 45
years. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000
not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities.
NYPA, 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.