City of Tallahassee Electric Utility Achieves Safety Milestone

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Press Release: City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Fla. -- In recognition of the City of Tallahassee’s Arvah B. Hopkins Generating Station attaining 10 years without a lost-time accident, a special ceremony was held at today’s Tallahassee City Commission meeting. This unprecedented achievement demonstrates the City’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to customers.

The 10-year milestone was reached on April 28 and represents more than 1.25 million employee hours worked at the Hopkins power plant without a single lost-time accident.

“This extraordinary accomplishment far exceeds industry standards and equates to more than $1 million in savings for our customers,” said City Commissioner Scott Maddox, lead commissioner on the Financial Viability Target Issue Committee. “It is a testament to our #1 Public Utility in America and the #1 staff who put safety first, for themselves, their team and our entire community.”

Named by Power Magazine as one of the top six gas-fired electric power plants in the world, the Arvah B. Hopkins Generating Station continues to serve as an industry frontrunner for its exemplary operations and commitment to safe work practices.

“Safety is everyone working together as a team and going home to their families,” said Hopkins Employee Safety Committee Chairperson Charles Smith. “We have achieved an awesome milestone by working 10 years and over 1.25 million hours without a lost-time accident. This is a truly amazing accomplishment.”

In addition to this safety achievement, the City also received Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Safety Award on April 20 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Jacksonville. For the past 25 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as a key priority.

For more information on the City’s Electric Utility and the Arvah B. Hopkins Generating Station, please visit


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