Safety Above all Else
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, our communities have recently experienced an unprecedented effort to keep each other safe. We have recognized that each of us impact the health and well-being of those around us. While the experience of a pandemic is certainly unique, this focus on safety is not new to Nolin RECC.
Over time, Nolin has worked to create a culture of safety by putting ur employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. Our mission is to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity to our members. At the end of the day, we strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity, but equally important, we want to return our workers home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance.
Following leading national safety standards
Working with electricity is an inherently dangerous job. Nolin employees follow safety protocols based on leading national safety practices for the utility industry. We require our line technicians to wear specialized equipment when working next to or with power lines. There are specific protocols that our line technicians follow when dealing with electricity. We have a safety team that monitors and tracks near-misses of accidents in order to understand them, share “lessons learned” and improve in the future.
We are proud to say that in March we were able to celebrate a year without a lost-time injury. That is a significant accomplishment; one that shows the commitment to safety by all of our employees.
We encourage all of our employees to speak up and hold each other accountable for safety. By cultivating a culture of openness and transparency, we promote problem-solving with regard to safety, rather than defaulting to a blame game.We examine the information and data gleaned from near-misses and accident reports to discern patterns and use safety metrics to improve in those areas where we have fallen short. As appropriate, we brief contractors on our safety protocols and set expectations for their engagement.
Keeping the community safe
Because we live and work in the communities we serve, we care about our neighbors. Nolin conducts electrical safety demonstrations in schools and for community events. We also work with our first responders to help keep them safe as they protect and serve.
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. There is much you can do to keep yourself and your community safe around electricity. Don’t attempt electrical DIY projects or overload your outlets. Report downed power lines, unlocked substations or padmount transformers that look amiss. If you would like us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or community event, please contact us.
Lastly, in the spirit of keeping our communities safe, there is nothing any of us can do now to better protect each other than keep our distance. In this time of great uncertainty and social distancing, let’s recognize that many in our communities are going through a difficult stretch. Whether that’s related to economic downturn, loss of employment, or worst of all, being physically unwell at a time when the health care system is operating beyond its capacity, let’s strive to be patient with each other and look out for the well-being of our neighbors. United we stand—six feet apart.