OMU Presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award


Customer Service Center employees worked 503,914 hours without a lost time injury or illness

Owensboro, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2016) – Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Owensboro Municipal Utilities (OMU) today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 503,914 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness.

“I wish to congratulate Owensboro Municipal Utilities on this impressive achievement,” Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey stated. “The 240 employees of OMU have worked many tireless hours to earn this award, and I hope other companies across the Commonwealth will be inspired by the culture of safety that is embedded in the daily routine of every employee here. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, thank you for all of your hard work and we look forward to working closely with you on your next half a million hours.”

Owensboro Municipal Utilities has delivered water and electricity to the citizens of Owensboro since it was founded in 1900. It is the largest municipal electric and water system in Kentucky with more than 26,000 electric, 24,000 water and 160 telecommunications customers. As a municipally-owned utility, it is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the mayor of Owensboro.

“First and foremost, our focus is on safety,” General Manager Terry Naulty explained. “This award is an honor for our employees and celebrates their commitment to working safely. Logging this many hours without a serious injury or illness should be recognized, and I’m proud that this award properly does so by showcasing our teamwork approach to workplace safety.”

“I congratulate the men and women of Owensboro Municipal Utilities for setting and acting on such excellent standards for their workplace and employees,” State Senator Joe Bowen said.

 “This award is well-deserved, and I look forward to their good work in the community.”

State Representative Suzanne Miles also congratulated Owensboro Municipal Utilities on the award.

“I want to congratulate Owensboro Municipal Electric on the success of receiving the Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Rep. Miles. “OMU has worked tirelessly to ensure a safe environment for their employees, and it is those very employees that make this recognition possible. This is yet another example of the dedicated workforce we have right here in Owensboro. I want to thank OMU for their continued commitment to a safe and healthy work environment, and I look forward to further accomplishments from them and their employees in the future.”  

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.  

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