ORLANDO – For the 21st consecutive year, OUC—The Reliable One’s commitment to safety has been recognized with a Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) Safety Award.
Electric linework is one of the country’s top 10 most dangerous professions. Florida lineworkers and power crews place themselves at risk of receiving serious or fatal injuries while providing affordable and reliable power. For this reason, OUC emphasizes not only the importance of safe work practices but also employee wellbeing.
“At OUC, safety is one of our core values and is woven into everything we do. Our top priority is making sure our employees return home safely every day to their families,” said Latisha Thompson, OUC’s Chief Employee Experience Officer. “This includes ensuring our employees have access to continuous safety training and mental health resources.”
FMEA member utilities are placed in categories based on total annual worker-hours and rewarded for the most incident-free records as defined by the Operational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker hours during 2022, as defined by OSHA. OUC was included in the 950,000-2,499,999 man-hours category.
The annual award was presented to 13 Florida public power utilities at the FMEA Lineman Competition awards banquet in Orlando.
About OUC—The Reliable One: In June 2023, OUC—The Reliable One celebrates 100 years of providing exceptional value to its customers and community through the delivery of sustainable and reliable services and solutions. The utility provides electric, water, chilled water, lighting and solar services to more than 400,000 accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. As OUC prepares for the next century, it remains committed to its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while supporting its community with conservation, sustainability and energy efficiency resources. Visit www.ouc.com to learn more.