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Humboldt Co. REC earns safety milestone

Chad Knutson, safety and loss prevention consultant with Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange (left); Luke Falke, account executive with Federated; Humboldt County REC Board President Kevin Rasmussen, current General Manager Steve Long and former General Manager Dennis Fuller are pictured with a one million hour safety award the cooperative achieved over the last 32 years. Humboldt Independent photo.

On April 10, 1980, Humboldt County REC began day one of not having a lost time accident.
Now, over one million employee work hours later, the electric cooperative celebrated with a recognition dinner Oct. 23, honoring present and past employees for their accomplishments.
The streak has enduring during the tenure of three general managers, several board presidents and numerous employee safety directors.
Through it all, one constant has been an emphasis on safety, REC present and past officials said at the celebration.
REC General Manager Steve Long said the cooperative has built a culture of safety over the years.
“The key elements are supervision, education and training, along with work rules and proper equipment,” the general manager said.
“A lot of what we do today was started back in 1980. We’re still concerned about reliability, quality of service, commitment to the members and commitment to safety.
“This cooperative has always had the attitude that safety is everyone’s business and everyone has taken on that responsibility,” Long said.
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