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Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative earns governor’s award

Has worked more than 254,000 hours without lost time-time accident or illness

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (June 20, 2014) — Deputy Secretary Rocky Comito of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet today joined officials at Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative to recognize employees with the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The cooperative’s 118 employees have worked 254,341 hours without a lost-time accident or illness.

pennyrilemlogo2“This is a great achievement, and the people at Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative should be proud of their success,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry L. Roberts. “There are numerous ways that workers can get hurt on the job, but a dedication to safety on the part of every employee can make all the difference, and we see that exemplified here.”

The Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative first began providing electricity in 1937, when it powered 175 homes in Christian County. Now, the cooperative serves more than 47,000 members in nine counties — Christian, Trigg, Logan, Todd, Muhlenberg, Lyon, Caldwell, Butler and Simpson.

To establish for the award employees have to achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. In the case of Pennyrile Electric, the requirement is 250,000 hours.

Every establishment in Kentucky is eligible, even if they won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.