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LAKELAND ELECTRIC RECEIVES AWARD FOR UTILITY SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT
LAKELAND ELECTRIC RECEIVES AWARD FOR UTILITY SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT

 LAKELAND, FL (Apr 20, 2015) —
Lakeland Electric has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 27 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2014, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Lakeland Electric was awarded second place in category E, which is comprised of utilities with 1,000,000 to 2,499,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects Lakeland Electric’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.

Awards were presented on April 18 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Tallahassee. The banquet was the culmination of a two-day event that included technical skills training and the annual Florida Lineman Competition.

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.

Photo Caption: Richard Boley, Line Technician I, Orlando Utilities Commission, Dwayne Goostree, Energy Delivery Operations Manager, Lakeland Electric, and George Hayes, Safety & Training Committee Chair, FMEA



FMEA Recognizes 17 Utilities For Safety Achievement

 LAKELAND, FL (Apr 20, 2015) —
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) awarded 18 of its utility members for their continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 27 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2014, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The recognition reflects FMEA member’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.

Awards were presented on April 18 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Tallahassee. The banquet was the culmination of a two-day event that included technical skills training and the annual Florida Lineman Competition.

The following utilities were presented with a Safety Award in their category:

Category A (0-59,999 man-hours):

    • City of Alachua – perfect record
    • Town of Havana – perfect record
    • City of Bushnell – perfect record
    • City of Mount Dora – perfect record
    • City of Newberry – 2nd place
    • City of Chattahoochee – 3rd place
    Category B (60,000-199,999 man-hours):
    • Fort Pierce Utilities Authority – 1st place
    • City of Leesburg – 2nd place
    • Beaches Energy Services – 3rd place
    Category C (200,000-399,999 man-hours):
    • Keys Energy Services – 1st place
    • New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission – 2nd place
    Category D (400,000-999,999 man-hours):
    • City of Tallahassee – 1st place
    • Gainesville Regional Utilities – 2nd place
    • Kissimmee Utility Authority – 3rd place
    Category E (1,000,000-2,499,999 man-hours): Category G (2,500,000-greaert man-hours):
    • JEA – special recognition\

    Ref: FMEA


    2015 Florida Lineman Competition
    2015 Florida Lineman Competition

     LAKELAND, FL (Apr 18-19, 2015) —
    This past weekend several of our Linemen travelled to Tallahassee to compete in the 2015 Florida Lineman Competition and we are happy to report we brought home three trophies! Linemen competitions are a great resource for our employees to network with other linemen, learn about techniques and methods being used by others and to teach others what they are doing well.  The competitions are for the purpose of demonstrating our commitment to safety.

     The team members who participated are:
    Journeyman Teams

    Team 1 : Chance Grimes, Cody Allen, Matt Thomas
    Team 2 : Ricky Platt, Nik Lanier, Todd Walker
    Team 3 : Sam Brown, Doug Bergwall, Keith Laidig
    Alternate/judge : Josh Lindsey

    Lineman Apprentices:   Gary Boutwell, John Wooding, Cory Burkholder, Brandon Peacock, Steven Hendricks
    Chief Judge for 69 kV dead-end bell change: Dwayne Goostree
    Chief Judge for mystery event : Robert Padgett
    Event judges : Paul Page, Nick Short, Chris Hodges

    Winners:

    • Gary Boutwell
    • 2nd place in the “Fused cutout relocation”
    • 2nd place in “Vertical hurtman rescue”
    • Team 1 of Chance Grimes, Cody Allen, and Matt Thomas won 2nd place in”Journeyman Hurtman rescue”
    • Lakeland Electric - as a utility - won 2nd place in the Category E Safety award.

    If you want to see how everyone faired in each event and the overall results, please visit www.publicpower.com and click on the Competition Tab/Results.
    Congratulations to our team! They all did GREAT!


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