Safety Above all Else
"Safety” is a universal word that is mentioned often in our community and in the workplace. Safe working habits are a serious issue, especially when it comes to electrical safety. At Nolin RECC, safety is a number one priority.
Over time, Nolin has created a tradition of excellence by putting our employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. In fact, Nolin’s mission statement includes the words “safe, reliable and cost-effective electric services.” At the end of the day, we strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to our member-owners, but equally important, we want to return our workers home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance.
National safety standards
Working with electricity is obviously a dangerous job, especially for lineworkers. Nolin has a compliance coordinator whose focus is keeping employees and the community safe around electricity. We established and follow safety protocols based on leading national safety practices for the utility industry. We require our lineworkers to wear specialized equipment when working next to or with power lines. There are specific safety requirements that our lineworkers follow when dealing with electricity. Our compliance team has regular meetings where they discuss upcoming projects from a safety perspective. They monitor and track near-misses of accidents in order to understand them, share “lessons learned” and practice safety measures. Nolin also encourages all of our crews to hold each other accountable for safety. By creating a culture of openness and transparency, we promote problem-solving with regard to safety.
Keeping the community safe
Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about our neighbors. Nolin teaches electrical safety in the classroom at schools and we perform high-voltage power line safety demonstrations. Civic groups and organizations may also request electrical safety classes by calling our office.
May is National Electrical Safety Month. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable.
Don’t attempt electrical do-it yourself projects or overload your outlets. Report downed power lines, unlocked substations or padmount transformers that look unsecure. Contact Nolin for additional electrical safety tips and always be mindful when it comes to electrical safety.