Lt. Gov. Hampton Credits Big Rivers for Safety Efforts

Published 08/31 2016 07:11PM

Updated 08/31 2016 07:15PM

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Kentucky's lieutenant governor getting a close look at how one western Kentucky company stays safe.

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton toured the Big Rivers Sebree plant, just as the power provider sets to commemorate another safety milestone.

At the Big Rivers Sebree plant, workers say safety is a way of life.

"We're proud of it," says Jim Ed Burris has worked with the company for forty years. He's seen safety become a growing priority.

"We try to take six seconds before we start any task, and we work around a lot of hazards, but it doesn't mean we have to be injured while we work around those hazards," he says.

The utility is set to get their 42nd Governor's Safety Award for more than 2.5 million work hours without a lost time injury at Sebree. Company officials say it's the highest total by any company in the commonwealth.

"I know what it takes to get to work, not only in an efficiently and effectively, but safely. You're absolutely right. The intent is to return you to your families at the end of your shifts at the end of the day," says Lt. Gov. Hampton.

Big Rivers officials say they've built a culture of safety, using measures including waiting six seconds before starting a task, discussing potential hazards, and making sure all workers are protected against hazards they see and hear.

"What we want to do is to demonstrate to them what it means to be safe and how it is to be safe and to work together. Safety is about paying attention to what you're doing every minute of the day," says CEO Bob Berry.

"We just have to stay focused," adds Burris. "It's just like any other business."

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