03 July 2012
Employees at the Tenaska Virginia Generating Station received a Safety Leadership Award from the National Safety Council (NSC) for achieving the best safety performance for five consecutive years with no work-related injuries or illnesses resulting in time away from work (lost time), according to a company press release.
Tenaska Virginia plant employees accumulated more than 345,200 safe working hours as of Dec. 31, 2011.
“Plant employees continue to show their commitment to safety, an asset not only to Tenaska but also to their families and communities,” said Plant Manager Robert Mayfield. “Recognition from the National Safety Council is an honor we strive to maintain year after year through a continued focus on worksite safety and safety training.”
Employees at the Tenaska Virginia plant were also recipients of the NSC Occupational Excellence Achievement and the Perfect Record awards. The Occupational Excellence Achievement Award honors the plant for a safety record equal to or better than 50 percent of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates in the industry for lost-time illnesses and injuries. The Perfect Record Award recognizes companies that have completed at least 12 consecutive months without incurring a lost-time injury or illness.
In 2011, employees at Tenaska Virginia operated the plant more than 66,700 hours with no lost-time injuries or illnesses.
Tenaska Virginia continued its participation in 2011 as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Worksite, the nation’s highest safety designation. VPP is an OSHA-cooperative program administered by Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Only approximately 2,440 out of more than seven million worksites nationwide, just 48 of which are in Virginia, hold this honor.
Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the 885-megawatt Tenaska Virginia Generating Station produces electricity for sale to Shell Energy North America (US), L.P., which in turn markets the power.
The plant is one of the largest taxpayers in Fluvanna County, contributing more than $12 million in property taxes since it began commercial operation in 2004. In 2011, the plant injected more than $6 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy, in addition to providing more than 1,600 hours of volunteer service performed by employees and other annual contributions.