PUD 3 Wins Regional Award for Safety

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 275,001 and 500,000 total hours in 2017. First place went to Benton PUD, WA; third place was Cowlitz PUD, WA.

The safety awards were presented last week (April 12). 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 proud of its achievements in having a safe workplace and providing safe energy to our customers,” said Chris Miller, PUD 3 operations manager.

“It’s great to be recognized by other utilities in our region for our safety efforts,” said Dennis Simon, PUD 3 safety & environmental manager. “Benchmarking our operations against others is an important way to measure success.”

One of Mason PUD 3’s core values is safety. PUD 3 ensures the safety of its community, customers, contractors, partners, and employees by taking a proactive approach to identifying and preventing safety issues.

Mason PUD 3 includes about 600 square miles of service territory, with nearly 34,000 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.