Electric Utility Shines With Success

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release

Tallhassee, FL - April 12, 2011
State and National Recognition Received - The City of Tallahassee Electric Utility Department recently showed off its true light on the state and national level with a trio of recognitions.

Making sparks fly at the Florida Lineman Competition, the City of Tallahassee's line crews received second and third place overall. Spotlighting one of the most dangerous jobs in America, the Florida Lineman Competition showcases the technical and physical skills of utility workers in a crowd-pleasing display of skill and teamwork.

In the Journeyman category, the team of Terry Cobb, Garrett Padgham and Mike Hatcher captured second place. The Tallahassee team of Mark Vickers, Daniel Bland and William Judd took third place.

The Cobb-Padgham-Hatcher team received recognition in additional categories, including first place in the "Mystery Hurtman Rescue" event, first place in the "Transformer Change Out" event, second place in the "Conductor Relocate" event and third place in the "Cross Arm Change Out" event. Tallahassee apprentice linemen Adam Harrison and Mike Rainey captured first and second place in the "Conductor Clip In" event. Rainey also placed second overall in the apprentice competition.

The City of Tallahassee also recently received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year. The City of Tallahassee was awarded first place in category D, comprised of utilities with 400,000 to 999,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects the City of Tallahassee's commitment to protecting workers' safety while ensuring reliable and effective electric service to Tallahassee.

For the past 25 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida's municipally owned utilities. Stressing the importance of worker safety, the organization has placed utilities into categories according to their total man-hours worked. Those with the most incident-free records are rewarded. The incidence rate used to judge utilities is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2010, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The City of Tallahassee also received national praise from the American Public Power Association. The City was one of 82 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the two-year Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) recognition for their work in providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 program recognizes achievement in the demonstrated proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

"This is a real honor for our utility," said Rob McGarrah, general manager of City of Tallahassee Electric Utility. "A lot of hard work has gone into receiving this designation for the third time andinvalid unicode 2014in the endinvalid unicode 2014our customers are the real winners."

This is the sixth year that RP3 recognition has been offered and the third consecutive time that Tallahassee has received the award. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Washington, D.C.

For more information on City of Tallahassee Utilities, visit Talgov.com/YOU. You can also find energy saving tips by following the e+ program on Twitter. To speak directly with the Utilities Department, call 891-4YOU.

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Nina Reich, Communications Department, 891-8533


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