Each day, hundreds of men and women report to work at each of Tri-State’s transmission and electric generating facilities to ensure a reliable power supply is available for each of its 44 member cooperatives. Doing this job in a safe manner is a challenge these workers strive to meet every minute of the work day.
At Tri-State, one of the most important values across the organization is the safety of its employees and to exceed established safety requirements at all its facilities.
Recently, Tri-State became the first cooperative to earn the prestigious Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status from the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Occupational Health and Safety Bureau at its Escalante Generation Station in Prewitt, N.M. The status recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below the national average for their industry. Average VPP worksite records days away and restricted job at 52 percent below the industry average.
At a ceremony held late last month, NMED Secretary Ron Curry stated, “Escalante Station has demonstrated its commitment to the safety and health of its workers by applying for and attaining VPP recognition. We are pleased to have them as a partner in our efforts to make New Mexico the safest state in the country in which to work.”
VPP is a benchmark of excellence and safety. The challenge ahead for Tri-State’s employees is to maintain its status as they work toward a common goal of keeping each other safe, while providing reliable electricity across Tri-State’s 250,000 square mile service territory.