Big Rivers Electric Corp. in Henderson Presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award


Frankfort, Ky. (April 25, 2016)Kentucky Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited the Big Rivers Electric Corporation in Henderson today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for its commitment to protecting the safety of its workers on the job.

“Working over one million hours without a lost time injury or illness is an amazing accomplishment,” Nemes said. “This is the third Big Rivers facility to receive a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for this year alone, which speaks volumes to the emphasis that this company places on workplace safety. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, I want to congratulate all 117 employees on earning this achievement.”

Big Rivers Electric Corporation was created in 1961 and is owned by three distribution cooperatives – Meade County RECC, Kenergy Corporation and Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation. Together they serve more than 115,000 members in 22 counties.

“Safety is paramount in everything we do at Big Rivers,” said Bob Berry, President and CEO of Big Rivers. “For employees at our headquarters to work one million man-hours without a lost time injury shows a true dedication to safety. I’m very proud of the work-safe culture our employees have created. They have truly embraced the task of taking care of themselves while also looking out for the well-being of their colleagues.”

“This award is a testament to the dedicated men and women who work so hard to ensure the job is done right,” Rep. Suzanne Miles (R-Owensboro) said. “I commend those individuals on this achievement, which totals 1,002,727 hours of work without a lost time injury. This coal-fired facility is a model for our region and a testament to the importance of coal for Kentuckians, as it has generated huge amounts of uninterrupted megawatt-hours for families and businesses across the Commonwealth.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.


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Photo 1: Dep. Sec. Mike Nemes; Photo 2: Dep. Sec. Mike Nemes and Bob Berry, President and CEO, Big Rivers Electric Corp.


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