“Safety” is a universal word that is mentioned often and used loosely. Communities large and small, as well as companies across all industries, are committed to safety. Sports leagues, at every level, take safety seriously. Unfortunately, when it really counts, steps to keep the public, workers, athletes and loved ones safe are often ignored in the interest of expediency or convenience.
However, safety is a serious issue, especially when it comes to electrical safety. For Miami-Cass REMC, it’s the number one priority. Over time, Miami-Cass REMC has created a culture of safety by putting our employees’ safety and our community above all else. Miami-Cass REMC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity to its member-owners. We strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to our member-owners, but equally important, we want to return our workers home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance.
Following safety standards
Working with electricity is a dangerous job, for lineworkers. Miami-Cass REMC is focused on keeping employees and the community safe around electricity. We follow safety protocols based on standard practices for the utility industry. We require our lineworkers to wear specialized equipment when working with power lines. Our line crews have regular meetings on upcoming projects from a safety perspective. They track near-misses of accidents to understand them and improve safety for the future.
Keeping You safe
Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about you, our neighbors. Miami-Cass conducts electrical safety demonstrations in schools and for community events.
May is National Electrical Safety Month. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year thousands of people in the United States are electrocuted in their own homes. These accidents are preventable and there is much you can do to keep yourself and your community safe around electricity.
Don’t overload your outlets. Report downed power lines, unlocked substations or padmount transformers that look amiss. Contact Kim Burton, director of member services, if you would like us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or community event. Be mindful when it comes to electrical safety. Pause and take the extra time to plug into safety.
ROB SCHWARTZ is CEO at Miami-Cass REMC.