PUD 3 Safety Wins Regional Praise

A commitment to safety paid off for Mason PUD 3 and its customers in the form of regional recognition in the Northwest Public Power Association’s 2017 Safety Contest.

PUD 3 placed second in the category of public utilities whose employees worked between 270,001 and 500,000 total hours in 2016. First place went to Cowlitz County PUD, WA; third place was Benton County PUD, WA.

The safety awards were presented last week (April 13). Awards were based on a complex formula, ranking utilities who had the lowest injury and illness (incidence) rate, and the lowest number of lost workdays compared to total hours worked.

“Mason PUD 3 is committed to safety for its customers and employees,” said Scott Peterson, PUD 3 operations manager. “Being recognized for the success of our efforts shows that we work hard at every level to protect the health of our workers as well as lives and property of those we serve.”

Mason PUD 3 includes about 600 square miles of service territory, with over 33,000 electricity customers. PUD 3 also operates a wholesale fiber optic telecommunications network, which supports the operation of its electric distribution services.

NWPPA is an international association representing and serving over 150 customer-owned, locally controlled utilities in the Western U-S and Canada.