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The Safety and Loss Control Department is active in many areas. The primary objective is to prevent injuries and accidents to the general public and association employees, and, when the need arises, provide emergency assistance during a natural disaster.
Our job includes not only delivering dependable electric service but teaching our member-owners how to use it safely. This is accomplished by the many safety programs presented by our associations to schools, community and civic groups. If you would like to schedule a program contact your local association for information.
In addition to the safety programs, the statewide association conducts training sessions throughout the year for the proper training of our employees. These courses ensure that all employees are constantly reminded of the safety aspect of the job and the importance of using equipment and technology in a safe manner. Our association employs three full-time safety instructors who present more than 1,000 programs each year at member associations' facilities.
Through an extensive Emergency Work Plan, the statewide staff coordinates the efforts of restoring power during natural disasters. The plan has been tested many times and has proven its value, most recently during Hurricane Isaac. Our staff recruited more than 450 employees from several states to help our restoration efforts. Then during Hurricane Sandy, we sent help to Virginia and Pennsylvania. Restoration efforts are reinforced through a network of electric cooperatives serving throughout the United States. This organized network consists of more than 500 cooperatives ready to provide an emergency work force and equipment in a very timely manner.