Safety Awards in the Keystone State

West Penn Power employees were recognized for their safe work practices in four categories by the Energy Association of Pennsylvania.

June 26, 2019

Met-Ed, Penelec and West Penn Power recently were recognized for outstanding safety performance by the Energy Association of Pennsylvania – an organization of the state’s electric and natural gas utilities.

“It means a lot to be recognized by your peers for helping to protect employees from injury,” said Scott Wyman, president, Pennsylvania Operations. “These operating companies have shown that embracing safety as a core value – and working together to complete each task the right way – can lead to significant improvements in safety performance.”

The safety awards are selected annually by the association’s Accident Prevention Committee. FirstEnergy Utilities operating companies were honored in the following categories:

  • Penelec and West Penn Power won the Safety Achievement Award, which is presented to companies with employees working 100,000 hours or more with exceptionally low incident rates. In 2018, Penelec had an incident rate of 1.02 and West Penn Power had 0.71 rate.
  • Met-Ed, Penelec and West Penn Power received the Safety Improvement Award for exceptional reduction in incident rate from 2017 to 2018:
    • Met-Ed achieved a 19% reduction
    • Penelec achieved a 38% reduction
    • West Penn Power achieved a 63% reduction
  • Penelec and West Penn Power won the Safety Sustainability Award for their ongoing focus on safety, including the low number of injuries reported in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Overall, Penelec reported 29 injuries during the time period and West Penn Power reported a total of 26.
  • Met-Ed and West Penn Power received the Motor Vehicle Fleet Safety Achievement Award, which recognizes companies – each with more than 2,000,000 miles driven – that reported an exceptionally low Preventable Motor Vehicle Accident Rate for 2018. Met-Ed and West Penn Power had accident rates of 1.90 and 0.94, respectively.

“Ensuring that everyone returns home safely is a primary focus across our four PA operating companies — Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power,” continued Scott. “Working together, we can continue to make great strides in safety by helping employees control, reduce or eliminate their exposure to injury.”