Craig Station employees celebrate 1 million work-hours without a lost-workday injury

Barry Ingold (left), senior vice president of production, presents a plaque commemorating 1 million hours without a lost-day injury to Craig Station’s Jim Nicoletto (center) and Paul Perez.

Barry Ingold (left), senior vice president of production, presents a plaque commemorating 1 million hours without a lost-day injury to Craig Station’s Jim Nicoletto (center) and Paul Perez.

Credit Tri-State’s 300 Craig Station employees with the hard work, focus and tenacity that it took to reach an unprecedented safety milestone of having worked for more than 1 million hours without a lost workday injury at the association’s largest (1,303-megawatt) generating facility.

Plant employees were honored for their accomplishment earlier this week (July 15) with a visit and presentations by executive vice president and general manager, Mike McInnes and Barry Ingold, newly appointed senior vice president of production.

Ingold presented a plaque recognizing this achievement to Paul Perez, lab technician and union safety steward for Craig Station and Jim Nicoletto, machinist mechanic and chief steward for the local chapter of the IBEW.

Rick Johnson, plant manager of Craig Station, said that this safety milestone is a new high water mark for the 34-year-old plant.

Rick Johnson, plant manager of Craig Station, said that this safety milestone is a new high water mark for the 34-year-old plant.

Rick Johnson, Craig Station plant manager, said that this event was no small feat in light of the fact that it is the first time the plant has reached this milestone in its 34-year history. “This is not something that Tri-State’s management has done, it is a safety milestone that could only have been achieved by the ownership and participation of everyone at this plant,” said Johnson.

Ingold noted that Craig Station has made great strides in improving its safety record during his time at Tri-State. “We want all of our employees to continue to keep safety at the forefront of everything that they do – both on and off the job.”

Craig-ExteriorPerez emphasized the value of the programs in place that have helped the workforce reach this level and his appreciation for all of the hard work it took to get there. “It’s not really the goal, not the end game, but journey that’s most important,” he said. “The most important thing is for all of us to take safety personally,” he added.

Nicoletto concluded his remarks saying, “This is your award and each of you owns a piece of it. Tri-State isn’t the plant or the headquarters in Westminster – it is the people.”

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