In an awards ceremony last week, Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) President Hans Konow recognized Canadian utilities with outstanding safety records.

For more than 30 years, the CEA has tracked the employee safety record of its member utilities. Annually, the President's Award of Excellence for Employee Safety is presented to members who have demonstrated superior safety performance in the past year. By promoting safety, this award has assisted CEA members in meeting their objectives of accident reduction and overall performance.

To receive the President's Award, a reporting utility must be ranked within the top quartile of their grouping for both All Injury Frequency and Severity rates. There are three award levels: Bronze for the companies who meet the award criteria for the given year; Silver for meeting the criteria two consecutive years; and Gold for three or more consecutive years.

Congratulations are extended to the following companies who have attained the President's Award of Excellence for Employee Safety for 2004:

Gold Award
For the over 500 employee grouping (Groups I & II):
None
For the under 500 employee group (Group III):
Energie La Lièvre (Corp. Energie Brascan) Saint John Energy
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Silver Award
For the over 500 employee grouping (Groups I & II):
None
For the under 500 employee group (Group III):
British Columbia Transmission Corporation
Swift Current Light & Power

Bronze Award
For the over 500 employee grouping (Groups I & II):
EPCOR
Newfoundland Power

For the under 500 employee group (Group III): City of Penticton

The President's Award of Excellence is based on the results of CEA's Annual Accident Statistics Report. The data contained in this report focuses on performance indicators for employee safety, namely All Injury Frequency, Disabling Injury Frequency and Severity Rates. The overall CEA five-year rolling average for each of these indicators has dropped at least 53% since 1992.