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

Trust is Key for Safety Changes

Published: April 24th, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

INDIANAPOLIS—He laughs about it now, but Garrison Wynn remembers the day the chemical plant blew up. An employee named Jimmy was leading him around. “He didn’t know where he was going,” Wynn recalled. “The guy had been... Read more

Dropping ‘the Hammer’ on Safety

Published: April 21st, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

INDIANAPOLIS—They called him “The Hammer CEO” because when it came to safety, he threatened to bring the hammer down. “Our safety numbers were really just trending in the wrong direction and it gave me a real feeling... Read more

Safety: It’s About Human Lives

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

INDIANAPOLIS—It's an uncomfortable story to hear, though a far worse one to live through. "It's the CEOs who've told me the story about being the one that had to go to the house of the recently widowed... Read more

Chill, Rain Can’t Dampen Lineman’s Rodeo

Published: March 31st, 2015 in: Co-op News

RUTHER GLEN, Va.—Try as she might, Mother Nature can’t vanquish electric cooperative linemen—even on their day off. Despite piercing rain and eye-watering cold, a record number of linemen showed up to put their skills on display at... Read more

Safety Spotlighted as Summit Returns

Published: March 27th, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

It isn’t every day you get to hear from a one-time standup comic-turned-author who worked with baseball legend Hank Aaron in the corporate world and survived a chemical plant explosion. That’s just part of the resume for... Read more