The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 2, 2014

Empire employees to be honored for safety record

JOPLIN, Mo. — The employees of The Empire District Electric Co. will be honored for their safety record at 10 a.m. Friday at the utility’s Joplin Service Center, 931 East 4th St.

Representatives from the National Safety Council of the Ozarks will be on hand to make a special presentation in recognition of the achievement of 1 million hours worked without a lost-time injury. The injury-free period stretches back to April 1, 2013.  

The million-hour mark has been attained only six times in Empire history. The last time was in July 2004.

Brad Beecher, Empire president and chief executive officer, said in a statment: “We are very proud to see our employees recognized for their outstanding safety awareness and practices, but our most important reward is seeing each of them return home safely to their families each day.”

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