EnerStar makes Commitment to Zero Contacts
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange recently introduced a Commitment to Zero Contacts initiative to help eliminate serious injuries and fatalities and enhance cooperative safety programs. A nationwide survey of 51,000 co-op employees conducted annually between 2006 and 2015 found an average of more than 23 serious injuries and fatalities each year. It’s a trend that safety leaders across the country want to stop.
Since its introduction, more than 450 electric cooperative leaders in 41 states have shown strong support of the program’s goal by taking the online pledge to “Commit to Zero Contacts” and provide their senior leaders and field personnel with resources available to help prevent and eliminate these life-altering injuries.
So far, 63 percent Illinois electric co-ops have signed that pledge, including EnerStar Electric Cooperative. “Safety has always been a priority at the cooperative,” says Mike Clark, president/CEO of EnerStar Electric. “That’s why it was important for us to join the nationwide Commitment to Zero Contacts initiative. Having a strong culture of safety at the co-op helps reduce accidents and ensures that all of our employees get home safely.”
Commitment to Zero Contacts suggests that co-ops focus on safe workplace practices that include a systemwide approach that helps clarify, define and verify use of life-saving rules, create effective planning for all jobs, form a structured safety management process, and seek employee involvement.