Tufts Cove team achieves safety milestone

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Tufts Cove team achieves safety milestone

August 30, 2010

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia Power announced today that workers at its Tufts Cove Generating Station in Dartmouth have achieved one million hours of work without experiencing a lost time injury.

“Together, with our union, we have worked very hard to build a safety culture across the company and we are all extremely proud of our employees at Tufts Cove for living and breathing it,” said Rick Janega, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Nova Scotia Power.

"Safety must be treated as a separate issue because there is no room for negotiations. Nova Scotia Power understands this and puts safety first,” said Mike MacDonald, Business Manager for Local 1928 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The Tufts Cove crew is the third team to reach the million-hour milestone. In 2008, staff at the Lingan Generating Station were the first to celebrate the million-hour mark. They were soon followed in 2009 by the customer operations team, which includes 500 employees from across the province.

“Nova Scotia Power and its employees are great examples of walking the talk when it comes to workplace safety,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour & Workforce Development. “Having had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the ‘Six Metres for Safety Campaign’ encouraging all employers and employees across the province to work safely around power lines, this outstanding achievement at the Tufts Cove generating facility is further evidence of Nova Scotia Power leading by example. My congratulations to the Tufts Cove crew.”

Tufts Cove is the second largest generating station in Nova Scotia and primarily runs off natural gas. Nearly 100 people work at the plant including electricians, power engineers and welders.

“The employees at Tufts Cove are true leaders in safety,” said Senior Plant Manager John Hawkins. “We work together as a team to ensure that the plant operates in the safest manner possible.”

A ceremony will be held with employees to celebrate their achievement, and a plaque will be mounted at the station as a permanent commemoration of their commitment to safety.

Nova Scotia Power’s number one priority is the safety of its workers, contractors and customers. Earlier this summer, the company was the first in Canada to jointly sign the Conference Board of Canada’s CEO Health and Safety Leadership Charter with its union.