Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU) has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2022. MPU earned the 2nd place award in the category for utilities with 110,000 – 249,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.
“Safety needs to be the first thing on every utility employee’s mind as they go about their work,” said Jim Boyd, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Electric Operations Safety Manager at Tacoma Power, Tacoma Washington. “The utilities honored by APPA for excellence in this area should be proud of the culture they have instilled in serving their communities.”
283 utilities from across the country entered the annual Safety Awards. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on incident-free records and overall state of their safety programs and culture during 2022. The incidence rate is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2022, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Troy Adams, MPU General Manager who received the award in-person on behalf of MPU, said “I’m very proud of our team and the safety culture they have collectively developed at MPU.”
Additionally, MPU was honored locally by the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) with the 2022 Safety Achievement Award, Gold category. MPU is proud to have received this award consecutively for the last 12 years.