FPU Achieves Recertification Through Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program

























Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) was presented the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Certificate of Safety Achievement at the 2018 Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting held in Nashville, TN. The certificate was presented for safety achievement levels in many aspects of the company from first aid to worker safety. The recertification process for electric utilities is thorough and FPU is graded in multiple areas including work procedures, orderliness, cleanliness, public awareness of off-site substations and storage facilities, traffic control procedures, grounding and more. 


FPU’s Safety Director, Lee Smith was pleased with the findings. “The NRECA Certificate of Safety Achievement recognizes FPU for its continued dedication to employee and public safety as well as our commitment to regulatory compliance and loss control practices,” says Smith.  “FPU received its first NRECA safety accreditation in 2005. To maintain this accreditation, every three years, FPU submits to a safety inspection of the utility facilities and the electric department trucks, equipment and tools. Each time, FPU has met all requirements of maintaining our workplace safety certification.”

In the 2018 recertification process, FPU received higher scores since the last certification in 2015. One of the strongest scored areas was in crew visits. FPU also scored well in ARC rated clothing systems and fall protection, vehicle and equipment safety and environmental and hazardous materials.  


“Creating a safe work environment for all our employees is very important,” said FPU CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “Many of our jobs place employees in potentially hazardous situations. Securing work sites, briefing crews before a job and continuing our monthly safety education is key to helping employees work safely. Our number one goal is for everyone to go home the same way they came to work.”