posted on May 31, 2019 17:56
Kerrville, Texas, May 31, 2019—Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for its safe operating practices in 2018, receiving a 1st place award in its utility group category for the second year in a row.
More than 325 utilities entered the annual safety awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2018. The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2018, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“We have always believed in working safely and providing the necessary training when applicable, but over the past few years, we have elevated our safety culture to an entirely new level,” said Tammye Riley, KPUB’s manager of human resources, safety and training. “We’ve added task-specific safety training, revamped our lineman apprenticeship program to include extensive safety training for each progression step, and our employee safety committee is thriving.”
“We have a top-notch team that excels in every aspect of the field, and that includes safety,” said Riley. “Our employees have embraced the chance to be industry leaders in the safety arena. This award is proof of our team’s dedication to putting safety at the forefront in all that we do.”
The safety awards have been held annually for the last 60 years. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.
Photo cutline: Keith Cutshall, chair of the association’s safety committee and safety director at Clarksville Department of Electricity in Tennessee, presented KPUB the award during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, hosted in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in April 2019. Pictured L to R: Keith Cutshall, APPA E&O safety section chair, and KPUB members, Howard Hall, Tammye Riley, Tommy Nylec and APPA staff member, Mike Hyland, senior VP, engineering services.
The Kerrville Public Utility Board was acquired by the City of Kerrville in 1987. KPUB serves approximately 22,000 customers throughout 146 square mile service area including Kerrville, Center Point, Ingram, Hunt, and surrounding areas in Kerr County. KPUB is overseen by a five-member board of trustees who serve without compensation and who are responsible to the City of Kerrville for the management and control of the system. KPUB is a responsive and efficient locally owned provider of reliable, high-quality utility service at the lowest responsible price.