Tenaska Ferndale employees earn safety award

The Bellingham Business Journal

Employees at Tenaska Ferndale Cogeneration Station were honored by the National Safety Council (NSC) in September with a Superior Safety Performance Award for achieving the best safety performance for more than 10 consecutive years, with no work-related injuries or illnesses resulting in time away from work.

Since the plant’s opening in 1993, employees have had no injuries, illnesses or fatalities resulting in days away from work, a total of more than 803,500 safe working hours as of Dec. 31, 2009.

“Plant employees show year after year that they take their daily commitment to safety seriously, and that’s important, not only to Tenaska but to their families and their community,” said Plant Manager Tim Miller in a press release. “Achieving National Safety Council recognition is an honor, one we work hard to maintain every year by remaining vigilant on the worksite and focusing on continuous training.”

Tenaska Ferndale employees were also recipients of the NSC Occupational Excellence Achievement and Perfect Record awards. The Occupational Excellence Achievement Award honors employees at the plant for operating without an occupational injury, illness or fatality during the 2009 calendar year. Facilities receiving this award must achieve a safety record equal to or less than 50 percent of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates for lost-time illnesses and injuries.

The Perfect Record Award recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 12 consecutive months without incurring a single lost-time injury or illness. In 2009, employees at Tenaska Ferndale worked more than 46,000 hours with no lost-time injuries or illnesses.

Fueled by natural gas, the Tenaska facility produces 270 megawatts of electricity for sale to Puget Sound Energy for regional distribution. For more information, visit www.tenaska.com.

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