Pointe Coupee Electric receives safety recognition

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Shown from left, PCEMC General Manager Joseph H. “Jodie” Cotten accepting award from Mike Bergeaux and Aaron Graham of ALEC.

NEW ROADS - Pointe Coupee Electric recently received recognition for its outstanding safety program at the annual meeting of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) held at the Baton Rouge Hilton July 21-23.

On behalf of all PCEMC employees and board members, General Manager J.H. "Jodie" Cotten, accepted a plaque honoring the co-op's achievement of logging 587,584 consecutive work hours without a lost time accident since September of 2006. The figure includes emergency restoration work performed after storms and during other adverse conditions.

The locally owned cooperative also received recognition for successfully completing the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP), ranking it among the top of all state cooperatives in the area of safety.

"Safety is a true team effort, and the credit goes to all of our employees who make safety a priority in performing their day-to-day tasks," said Cotten. "Our success begins with our member-elected leadership at the board level and runs throughout the entire co-op. Everyone plays a critical role."

Cotten said the co-op places a premium on safety not only as an effort to protect the health and well being of employees, members and the public, but also because it makes good economic sense.

"When you can create an effective culture of safety, everybody wins," he said. "Not only do all of our employees get to go home to their families at the end of the work day, but it also keeps our costs down when it comes to insurances rates and many other expenses."

Recognition for safety performance is determined by using a comprehensive formula that accounts for safe operation on the job including field work, warehouse work, transportation and all other aspects necessary to deliver reliable, affordable power to PCEMC members.