Tri-State safety record beats national averages

The results for Tri-State’s 2011 safety record were presented to the board during its January meeting and revealed that the association’s Total Case Incident (TCIR) and Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rates are much better than the utility industry averages. This is impressive, considering the association’s diverse operations and the wide range of hazards that employees are exposed to regularly.

In 2011, Tri-State’s TCIR was 2.1 OSHA recordable incidents per 200,000 hours worked versus the national utility average of 2.9. Tri-State is 31 percent below the national average.

The association’s DART rate, which measures how often lost time cases occur, is approximately 42 percent better than the national utility industry average. The national average is 1.8 lost time cases per 200,000 hours worked. Tri-State experienced 2.01 cases where employees were off work, received work restrictions or were transferred to other jobs per 200,000 hours worked in 2011.

These results point to a strong alignment with the Tri-State business plan, which outlines safety as a foundational value of the association. “We believe that all work can and should be done safely,” said Mike McInnes, Tri-State’s senior vice president of production.

Tri-State employees across all of the association’s departments, locations and functions are to be commended for contributing to the overall safety record results of 2011. “This positive record is the result of a lot people paying attention to their daily work and many experienced employees putting a lot of effort into safety,” said Kent Mahanna, Tri-State’s senior manager of corporate safety.

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