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Columbia River People's Utlity District Honored for Safety

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The professionals at Columbia River People’s Utility District have been honored for their dedication to safety and their strong safety program - the utility’s workers earned the American Public Power Association's Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2013. The award was given on April 7 at the APPA annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

CRPUD earned first place in the category for utilities with 60,000 to 109,99 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. The utility earned First Place in the category for utilities with 60,000 - 109,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

"We are are proud of the service we provide to our customers," said Kevin Owens, General Manager of Columbia River PUD. "But above all else, we are proud of our safety record-proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night."

Marlin Bales, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and supervisor, Colorado Springs Utilities, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, presented the award.

"In our line of work, safety is the top priority," said Bales. "Without safety, we can't serve our customers to the best of our abilities. This award recognizes utilities that have their priorities straight."

More than 285 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2013. The 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 2013, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.