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Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Lucas Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 358,824 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.

“Congratulations to Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation on achieving its fourth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 358,824 hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. On behalf of Governor Bevin and all of us at the Labor Cabinet, thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to workplace safety.”

Farmers RECC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative, serving more than 25,000 businesses across eight Kentucky counties, with a mission to provide reliable energy for its member-owners and communities. Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation now employs 61 people at its headquarters in Glasgow.

“In the electric cooperative industry, safety is our first and most important priority, and can mean the difference between going home safely, or not at all,” said Bill Prather, Farmers RECC President and CEO. “We are proud of our employees for this accomplishment and celebrate another year where commitment to safety is business as usual.”

State Sen. David Givens (Greensburg) also offered praise.

“Kentucky needs more companies like Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation who so value their workforce,” Sen. Givens said. “This company has taken every measure to ensure the safety and well-being of each individual employee. I congratulate its leaders and employees on this much-deserved award and look forward to their future successes.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.

Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 – reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.

For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, click here.

From Kentucky Labor Cabinet

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