Georgetown Electric Utility wins national award for safety practices

Daniel Bethapudi, the general manager for the city of Georgetown's electric utility, said employee safety is the topmost priority. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper
Daniel Bethapudi, the general manager for the city of Georgetown's electric utility, said employee safety is the topmost priority. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper

Daniel Bethapudi, the general manager for the city of Georgetown's electric utility, said employee safety is the topmost priority. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper

Georgetown Electric Utility earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2019. The utility earned first place in the category for utilities with 60,000 to 109,999 worker hours of annual worker exposure, an April 21 press release from the city said.

More than 335 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program, the release said, adding entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2019. The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker hours during 2019.


“Employee safety is our topmost priority,” General Manager Daniel Bethapudi said in the release. “I’m consistently impressed with the professionalism and commitment to our customers and safety shown by Georgetown’s electric utility employees. This award shows that our safety program is one of the best in the nation. I would like to thank all our electric utility employees for this great achievement.”