Iowa Co-op Extends 24/7 Safety to Families

Published: February 5th, 2016 in: Local Initiatives

Artwork with a safety touch is now adorning the walls of Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative. Emblazoned with the words “Safety Matters,” the banners bear signatures of family members of the 61 employees at the Anamosa, Iowa, co-op.... Read more

What is Your Co-op Doing About Safety?

Published: February 1st, 2016 in: CEO Close-Up, Trends, Reports & Analyses

TUCSON, Ariz.—From employees to members, safety needs to be a paramount concern at your electric cooperative. There’s a lot at stake. For starters, safety outreach attracts a lot of attention. “Your reputation with your stakeholders—your legislators, your... Read more

Alert Florida Co-op Workers Foil Crime Attempt

Published: January 25th, 2016 in: Co-op News

Josh Brown and Jarod Smith of West Florida Electric Cooperative could have just minded their own business. But that’s not the cooperative way, and by going beyond the call, they played a key role in detecting and... Read more

Brush with Snake Rattles Florida Co-op Lineman

Published: January 18th, 2016 in: Co-op News

Whenever journeyman co-op lineman Jason Carroll is out on a service call, he now watches where he steps. That’s because when the Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative worker was out in the field recently, his work boot came... Read more

Simulator Helps Co-ops Drive Safer

Published: December 21st, 2015 in: Local Initiatives

Electric cooperatives in Louisiana are using a driving simulator to help reduce the risks of accidents by keeping the focus on safety. “Driver distraction is at an all-time high in utility vehicles,” said Mike Bergeaux, director of... Read more

OSHA Violations Will Cost Much More

Published: November 23rd, 2015 in: Business & Finance

The financial penalties for violating federal safety and health standards in the workplace are about to take a huge jump. A provision in a budget bill that President Obama signed in November could lead to a nearly... Read more

Co-op Urges Safety Talks Before Emergencies Occur

Published: October 15th, 2015 in: Local Initiatives

A Virginia electric cooperative is building stronger relationships with public safety agencies through annual meetings with emergency services coordinators from throughout its 22-county service territory. “Meeting with the emergency coordinators in our area each year is a... Read more

The Right Knot Can Save a Life

Published: September 29th, 2015 in: Co-op News

For electric cooperative lineworkers, using the right knot for the right job is one key to career success—and maybe saving a life. At Hoosier Energy’s Lineman Training School in Franklin, Ind., learning to tie and untie them... Read more

Fire, Explosions Give Co-op Much to Consider

Published: July 20th, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

Glen Cantrell expected a normal Monday. Instead, his co-op office was evacuated, there were fears the building might be destroyed, he heard from CNN and issues were raised that every co-op should address. July 13 got off... Read more

Red Dot on Map? Co-op Staff Beware!

Published: July 13th, 2015 in: Top Story, Trends, Reports & Analyses

Imagine arriving at a member’s home on a routine meter audit and being held hostage at gunpoint. It happened to a co-op employee in Florida, prompting the co-op to start using some innovative new technology. Is there... Read more