April 21st, 2018

National safety honours for city

By Collin Gallant on January 12, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

The City of Medicine Hat’s electric utility has won national recognition for its safety program.

The membership of the Canadian Electricity Association includes the top-40 major utility providers in Canada, and on Wednesday, its chief operating officer Francis Bradley delivered three awards to Medicine Hat city hall.

“One award would be a coincidence but three, including one recognizing multi-year performance, speaks to a culture of excellence,” said Bradley.

The president’s award recognizes the city as among the top-10 companies across Canada in terms of fewest lost-time accidents and the fewest severe loss-time claims.

“We’re in good company, and I believe it shows our leadership in the Alberta,” said Mayor Ted Clugston. “We are a must-run plant, and safety and reliability is paramount.”

The city’s generation as well as transmission and distribution units were honoured as well with vice-presidents awards.

Utility committee chair Bill Cocks says the entire city operation, not just the utility divisions, had made great strides in occupational health and safety over several years. He credited city CAO Merete Heggelund for spearheading the initiative.

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