Paducah Power System’s employees have achieved ten years of work without a lost time accident, an extraordinary achievement for an electric utility.
“It is unprecedented in our industry to have that kind of safety record and is a testimony to the hard work and thought our team exhibits every day to make sure we each go home to our families at the end of our shifts,” said PPS Operations Superintendent and Safety Director Brian Thomasson.
Paducah Power employees work hard to cultivate a strong safety culture that includes regular safety meetings in each department, special safety training on critical dangers, and tailgate meetings before each job. A safety lesson is held at each Board of Directors meeting, and our number one customer service principal is “Safety First in All That we Do.”
There are many dangers to electrical work, including falls, electrocution, and traffic. Distracted drivers coming into work zones has become a significant threat to our workers in the past few years. Severe weather makes for hazardous conditions. Threatening behavior towards our employees is sometimes an issue, and even dogs, snakes, and stinging insects create safety concerns.
PPS CEO Dave Carroll said, “Our team members navigate all of this under the pressure of getting your power on as quickly as possible and providing excellent customer service. Ten years is an incredible achievement, and we are immensely proud of each employees’ efforts to make it happen and their desire to take care of each other.”