Full Steam Ahead for Safety

March 19, 2021

The eastern Pennsylvania cities of Hamburg and York are connected through their contributions to the birth of the railroad industry. The first coal-fired locomotive was built in York in 1832, and Hamburg is the home of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum.

Met-Ed employees who work at the Hamburg and York service centers also share a common bond – making safety a core value and marking significant milestones in regard to remaining free from injury.

Hamburg’s 25 employees recently received the President’s Safety Excellence Award for achieving seven years without an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)-recordable injury. The 130 employees at York earned the Directors’ Safe Driving Award for traveling more than 500,000 miles without a Controllable Motor Vehicle Accident (CMVA).

“Whether in the field or operating a vehicle, Met-Ed employees work hard to minimize distractions and eliminate exposure to hazards,” said Dave Cooper, director, Operations Services. “We are proud of their results and thank them for their efforts to reduce exposure for themselves and others.”

Met-Ed Regional President Linda Moss also acknowledged the commitment Hamburg and York employees have made to performing tasks safely. “We congratulate these employees for the milestones they have achieved and thank them for their dedication to keeping each other free from injury.”

In regard to the Directors’ Safe Driving Award, Linda mentioned the importance of maintaining focus when operating a vehicle. “Driving is an activity that has life-changing event potential,” she added. “It’s important that employees do everything they can to reduce their exposure to injury by focusing on the road and not letting distractions divert their attention.”

Bargaining-unit employees at Hamburg and York are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 777.