Camaraderie with Coworkers Leads to Safety Success
January 22, 2021
Design Draftsman Senior Cindy Morse has experienced a lot during her more than 43 years at Toledo Edison. As a member of the Engineering Services Construction group, she’s proud of helping the Holland B Operations Center achieve two impressive safety marks: working 21 years without incurring an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)-recordable injury and driving 23 years without a Controllable Motor Vehicle Accident (CMVA).
“Engineering Services employees often travel to worksites to make sure tasks being completed in the field match the design specifications in our drawings,” said Cindy. Many of us also serve as hazard responders and damage assessors during restoration activities – both locally and in other states. Members of our team have traveled to Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida to provide mutual assistance.”
In addition to Engineering Services, other groups that work at the operations center include Forestry, Business Services, Transmission and members of the Toledo Edison management team.
According to Cindy, having a good relationship with coworkers is a big part of the group’s success. “I really enjoy my job and the people I work with,” she added. “We watch out for each other and focus on eliminating hazards to keep ourselves and our coworkers safe.”
Operations Services Director Mike Hosier, a 29-year veteran of FirstEnergy, echoed Cindy’s remarks. “I have been at Toledo Edison for a little over a year, and the company’s strong safety culture was evident the moment I arrived,” he said. “Everyone works together as a team, and there is a real family atmosphere among employees.”
Cindy also believes it is important to keep safety messages fresh for employees. Putting a new twist on previously reported information can help keep employees energized when it comes to protecting themselves from injury.
“It’s easy to get complacent,” continued Cindy. “We encourage our employees to come up with new ways to share information with colleagues. In addition, everyone in our group takes a turn presenting safety topics so it doesn’t always fall to members of the management team.”Bargaining-unit employees at Holland B are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 245 and Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 19.