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FOCUSED

ON

SAFETY
Cooperative organizations
double down on safety
by Derrill Holly | info@ruralmissouri.coop

O

ptimism bias is the belief that bad things won't
happen to you. "We come to work every day and
ask everyone to follow proper work procedures all
the time," says Rob Land, vice president of risk
management and training for the Association of Missouri
Electric Cooperatives. "It's something we stress daily."
And it's one of the key things that the National Rural
Electric Cooperative Association and Federated Rural
Electric Insurance Exchange were targeting when they
launched their ambitious program, Commitment to Zero
Contacts, two years ago.
"If we can get all cooperative employees to follow proper
work procedures at all times and realize the impact not
doing so can have on themselves and their families, that is
one of the most important shared goals we could achieve,"
Rob says.
Since launching Commitment to Zero Contacts at the
NRECA Safety Leadership Summit in April 2018, more
than 570 managers of electric co-ops and public power
districts - including a majority in Missouri - have formally endorsed the program. AMEC has made it a major
focus of their safety education work.
The program's creators say the response from co-ops
has been extremely positive and that it's beginning to
show on-the-ground results.
"We've seen the average number of contacts reduced
more than 25% annually and serious injury numbers
reduced signi´Čücantly," says Corey Parr, Federated's vice
president for safety and loss prevention. "The results to
this point are good, but we have to be focused on zero
contacts year after year."

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