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Electric Division receives ElectriCities safety award

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 8, 2014) – The City of Newton Electric Division in 2012 experienced no lost-time injuries while performing electrical system operations. On Jan. 7, ElectriCities recognized the City’s Electric Division with the Municipal Electric Safety Award.

David Young of ElectriCities, upon presentation of the award at the Newton City Council meeting, said, “Newton’s last lost-time accident was in 2008. I believe that accomplishment is through safety-awareness, training and team work. In the electric industry, we have come a long way with safety, training and equipment. Safety and training is a must and should be part of the daily work.”

Young lauded the Electric Division for its commitment to safety as it conducts its daily operations, noting that working around electricity and high voltage lines and equipment is dangerous, with accidents being potentially life-threatening. ElectriCities recognizes Municipal Electric Safety Award recipients at its annual North Carolina Association of Municipal Electric Systems meeting.

Newton Public Works and Utilities Director Wilce Martin stated, “The employees in this division should be commended for their successful efforts in providing these and other services in a safe and efficient manner.”

The City’s Electric Division maintains 125 miles of distribution lines and 11 peak-shaving generators as well as reading 4,900 electric meters and 6,000 water meters every month. The electric crew operates under the direction of Electric Distribution Manager Doug Wesson and Supervisor Mike Kiziah and consists of Anthony Cline, Jeff Cochrane, Johnathan Cook, Tim Dumire, Pamela McMoran, Joshua Rhyne, Russell Smith, Steve Speagle and Brad Tompkins.