VELCO applauded for workplace safety and health efforts

first_imgMEDIA RELEASEAugust 3, 2005Contacts:VELCODavid Mace, Process Owner, External CommunicationsPhone: (802) 770-6367Pager: (802) 742-3250Vermont Department of LaborScott Meyer, Program Manager Project WorkSAFE1-888-SAFE-YES (1-888-723-3937)VELCO applauded for workplace safety and health effortsFor Immediate Release: Aug. 3, 2005RUTLAND, Vt. Vermonts electric transmission utility has become the fourth Vermont company to be federally recognized for its safety efforts, the Vermont Department of Labor announced Wednesday.The Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc., also known as VELCO, formally joined the federal Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) during a ceremony at the companys Rutland headquarters.This certification is indeed an honor, and Im very proud of the VELCO team for their work in helping achieve the SHARP designation, said VELCO president and chief executive officer John Donleavy. In my 25-plus years in the electric utility industry, I have made a commitment to putting safety first one of my personal priorities. No team is successful no matter what business results are achieved if anyone gets injured.The formal letter of certification was presented by Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Pat McDonald.Acceptance into SHARP is an achievement of status that recognizes VELCO as a model employer for worksite safety and health, McDonald said. VELCO is the fourth Vermont employer to receive such an award. We hope that with the example VELCO and the other three employers are setting, we will be able to welcome more Vermont companies into SHARP SHARP is after all about recognizing the importance and benefits of workplace safety and health.The accreditation marks the end of a rigorous 15-month collaboration with Project WorkSAFE, Vermonts Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program.We applaud the employees and management of VELCO in this accomplishment. We must realize that their staff works in all types of weather in a variety of harsh environments and at fixed locations in an inherently dangerous occupation, said Scott Meyer, Director of Project WorkSAFE. To be conducting this type of work while maintaining a safe workplace speaks very well to the caliber and commitment of staff at VELCO. They have a lot to be proud of and we hope that other Vermont employers will follow in their lead.Donleavy said that as part of the companys strategic plan it had implemented new safety programs aimed not only at field workers but also at its office personnel, and promoting safety and health at home as well.As we move forward with constructing our infrastructure improvement projects, VELCO wants its associates to be as successful and productive as they can be, and that means enabling them to work safely and remain healthy wherever they are, he said. Its not just good for business. Its the right thing to do.The SHARP program is a nationally recognized program implemented by states under Federal OSHA. The SHARP program recognizes small, high-hazard businesses with exemplary safety and health programs.Upon receiving SHARP certification, the workplace will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid. Currently there are 777 firms in the United States and 36 in New England with the SHARP certification.Ryegate Associates, a wood-fired electric generating facility was the first Vermont SHARP company; the second was DEW Construction, and the third Green Mountain Powers Western Division.For further information about the SHARP program or Project WorkSAFE, please visit the Department of Labor and Industry website: www.state.vt.us/labind(link is external).Founded in 1956, VELCO is the Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc., the Rutland-based company that builds, owns, maintains and operates the states high-voltage electric transmission system. That system consists of some 600 miles of power lines ranging from 115,000 volts to 450,000 volts and 25 substations, as well as other equipment and a sophisticated fiber optic monitoring and control system.The company does not own any generating plants or the distribution lines that bring power to individual homes and businesses. VELCO is a private company owned by the states retail utilities, investor-owned, municipal and cooperative. It employs almost 100 people.###last_img read more

3 reasons you’re losing your audience

first_imgNo matter if you’re speaking to one person on the phone, a large group at a conference, or in a video that will potentially be seen by thousands on social media, how can you be sure that your audience is staying with you? Here are three reasons you may be losing your audience…You’re too stiff: If you’re nervous or flustered, you’re not going to hold anyone’s attention for very long. It doesn’t matter if you’re speaking to 2 people or to 200 people, if you want to be heard, you need to relax. Try starting off with a few deep breaths before you get going…You’re lost: If you’re a person who likes to talk a lot, you may find yourself eventually getting lost in a maze of your own words. This is not good. If you’ve lost your train of thought, then your audience is probably getting off at the next stop.You’re like the Energizer Bunny: You keep going and going and going… Say what you have to say, and be done. Use the minimum amount of words that are needed to properly convey your message. And make sure you speak slowly and clearly. If you talk too fast, your audience will miss words and/or phrases and they won’t be able to catch up with you. Keep it short and sweet, and you’ll keep the attention on you.Public speaking isn’t the easiest thing, but the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more