NAEC receives Million Work Hours Safety Award

Photo: NAEC CEO Mel Coleman (center) receives a plaque recognizing co-op employees for reaching one million safe work hours. The plaque was presented earlier this month by Arkansas Department of Labor Deputy Director Ralph Hudson (right) and Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission Health and Safety Division Administrator Paul Hansen. 

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative employees have received the Million Work Hours Safety Award from representatives of the Arkansas Department of Labor and Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Employees accumulated one million work hours without a lost day away from work due to a work-related injury or illness between Aug. 19th, 2014 and Dec. 30th, 2018.

CEO Mel Coleman says this achievement demonstrates an unwavering focus on safety. Coleman says he is proud of each employee’s commitment to work safely. That being said, he says the employees cannot become complacent and must remember that safety remains NAEC’s top priority today, tomorrow and each day thereafter.

The Arkansas Department of Labor, the Arkansas Insurance Department and the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission present the award to Arkansas companies who excel in on-the-job safety. NAEC is the fourth business to receive the million-hour award during the 2018-2019 fiscal year and the 498th to receive the million-hour award since its establishment in 1976.

NAEC has a safety program in effect, as well as a safety committee consisting of employees and management. NAEC also recently joined other electric co-ops across the country in the Commitment to Zero Contacts initiative focusing on eliminating serious job-related injuries, such as contact with energized lines.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative serves more than 36,650 active accounts throughout eight counties.

The cooperative’s headquarters is located in Salem, and full-service offices are located in Ash Flat and Mountain Home. For more information, visit NAEC or call 870-895-3221.

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