News Release — Washington Electric Cooperative
October 17, 2017
Patty Richards, 802-223-5245
East Montpelier, Vt: On October 13, WEC was honored to receive the 2017 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety in the Small Business category. The award was presented by Gov. Phil Scott and Dept. of Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrie and accepted on WEC’s behalf by Rick Stergas, WEC Safety and Environmental Compliance Specialist.
The annual award is the state’s highest honor and recognizes businesses with exemplary commitment to keeping their workforce safe and healthy. This is WEC’s third time receiving the award. “Our employees work very hard to deliver reliable, affordable, renewable power, under sometimes dangerous conditions,” said WEC General Manager Patty Richards. “We’ve created a culture of safety here at WEC, and each of our 37 employees contributes to it. At the end of every day, we want our team to go home healthy.” The governor thanked WEC staff and all the work done by lineworkers as he handed the award to Rick.
In September, WEC passed a milestone 700 days without a lost time accident. “It’s a group effort,” said Stergas. “Every one of us is committed to staying safe and keeping each other safe.”
Washington Electric Coop is a member-owned, not-for-profit utility founded in 1939. WEC serves approximately 10,800 member-owners in 41 towns in Washington, Orange, Caledonia and Orleans counties with power generated from 100% renewable sources. For more information please visit washingtonelectric.coop or call 802-223-5245.