Capital Electric earns RESAP certification

Vietz Award

The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) hosted the 53rd annual REC Apprenticeship Training and Safety (AT&S) Conference Jan. 11-13 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. The conference is sponsored by the NDAREC AT&S program, with cooperation from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.

During the banquet on Jan. 12, Capital Electric Cooperative was awarded a RESAP certificate of safety achievement.

To achieve and maintain high safety standards for the protection of employees and the community, Capital Electric applied for and achieved safety accreditation through the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program. Founded by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), RESAP strives to promote the highest standards of safety among electric cooperatives. The premise for the program is based on two fundamental guiding principles that are essential to achieving safety excellence:

1. Safety must be embraced as a core value where the actions and decisions of the cooperative reflect a fundamental and unwavering commitment to safety at all levels. This is achieved through a strong safety leadership culture. Cooperative leaders accept responsibility for a culture that ultimately drives safety performance.

2. Cooperative leaders and employees take ownership of the systems and processes that create a safe working environment. Safety systems are a shared responsibility and should focus on enhancing safe behaviors and reducing unsafe acts and risks to injury.

Additional components to achieving recognition including:

• A cooperative safety improvement plan;

• The completion of 14 annual self-assessments; and

• Establishing safety goals and benchmarking performance.

Capital Electric’s RESAP audit was conducted May 4 by industry peers including Christina Roemmich and Jeff Tweten from the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC), and Tim Dockter from KEM Electric Cooperative. Jeff Holzer, system supervisor for Capital Electric and member of the cooperative’s safety committee, gave the auditors a tour of cooperative headquarters, the Wing service center and warehouses, and took them to the field to watch some line crews working.

Roemmich, the safety services director for NDAREC, said Capital Electric demonstrates the highest level of safety performance.

“Crews are safety-oriented, programming is thorough, performance is constant, and their manager provides leadership in safety,” she concludes.

Capital Electric Cooperative thanks its employees for taking a team approach to safety and its continuous improvement.

 

PHOTO On behalf of Capital Electric, Crew Foreman Les Vietz accepted the Safety Award from NDAREC Safety Instructor Jeff Tweten.

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