APPA recognizes 129 utilities for outstanding safety practices

March 24, 2021

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
March 24, 2021

One hundred twenty-nine utilities have earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2020, APPA reported on March 24.

APPA said that 329 utilities from across the country entered the annual safety awards.

Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2020.

Utilities’ incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2020, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Utilities that receive an APPA Safety Award have demonstrated that they have made the health and safety of their employees a core value,” said Brandon Wylie, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Director of Training & Safety at Electric Cities of Georgia. “Designing and maintaining a top-notch utility safety program takes a lot of hard work and commitment. These utilities and their communities should be very proud.”

The safety awards have been held annually for more than 65 years.

A complete list of winners is available at