SPRINGFIELD – Safety is of utmost importance, especially in the electric industry. To further safety education, lineworkers, supervisors, and warehouse personnel from electric co-ops across Illinois gathered in Springfield to attend the annual Safety and Energy Conference Jan. 31-Feb. 1, hosted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC).
The conference focused on safety and leadership in the energy industry, and attendees received relevant training to keep them informed and safe while on the job. They learned about mental health and dealing with trauma, explored the use of drones for infrastructure inspection, learned about strategies for success in a multigenerational workplace, and much more.
During the conference, safety leadership awards were presented to recognize individual and cooperative-wide commitment to safe work culture. Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association was recognized with a 2023 award for Best Lost Time Rate and a 2023 award for Best Incident Rate.
The AIEC Cooperative Safety Leadership Awards recognize safety awareness and reward cooperatives that demonstrate safety leadership, promote safety culture, and go above and beyond normal safety expectations.