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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Reaches Major Safety Milestone

Over Half Million Hours Worked Without a Lost-time Accident


As Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative continues its observance of serving Southside Virginia for over 75 years, the member-owned organization has reached yet another meaningful milestone.  The Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) that oversees the safety accreditation program for cooperatives in a three- state area has recognized Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) for reaching the 500,000-hour mark with no lost-time accidents. 


Ron Campbell, vice president for safety and training services at VMDAEC, who also happens to be an MEC member, awarded a certificate of achievement to President and CEO John Lee on behalf of the 106 employees of Mecklenburg Electric. Campbell remarks, “This accomplishment is a direct result of the diligence of MEC employees to follow safe working practices. It is a result of their dedicated attendance of monthly safety meetings and training sessions, a commitment to watch out for each other, and a strong safety mindset in general.  Many MEC employees often work under extreme conditions that emphasize the dedication needed to achieve such an impressive milestone. It is with great pleasure that I recognize this quality organization for its accomplishment.”


In accepting the certificate, John Lee remarks, “Here at this Cooperative, we place a high value on maintaining a safe working environment and a culture of safety for our employees and members.  In fact, safety has been, and will always be, our first priority. Several years ago we established a safety committee, comprised of representatives from each department, who are elected by their peers, and empowered them to take our safety program to the next level. The committee’s mission is to promote a safety program that encourages employees to hold themselves, and each other, accountable and responsible for safe working practices … and they are doing just that.


“This is a very proud moment for me and all my coworkers.  If ever there were one, this is a recognition that cannot be achieved without the participation and buy-in of everyone who works here. I congratulate all of them for reaching this goal and setting their sights on the next milestone.”

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