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September 12, 2013
Contact:  Rick Moore (812) 876-0282

Milestone at Hoosier Energy power plant is no accident

Chances are, you don't remember much offhand about September 2006. It's the month that the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died from a Stingray attack. The Indianapolis Colts also won their first three games of a season that would culminate in a Super Bowl championship.

It's also the last time there was a recordable lost time accident at Hoosier Energy's Ratts Station in Petersburg. That incident occurred about 11 a.m. on Friday, September 8, to be exact.

Seven years without a lost time accident was reason for celebration Sept. 10 as Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith joined the Ratts workforce to recognize the milestone.

"We strive to be best in class in everything we do at Hoosier Energy and you truly are best in class in terms of safety," Smith said. "This milestone will be one of the top 10 corporate accomplishments at Hoosier Energy for 2013. It creates a benchmark for our entire workforce to learn from and to improve safety."

Smith presented a plaque to the plant safety committee representatives Mike Luff and John Kunkle. Vice Presidents Rob Hochstetler and Bob Richhart also offered congratulations and a few remarks.

Ratts Station Plant Manager Jesse Billings noted the plant's employees had completed 2,557 days and more than 576,000 man-hours without a lost time accident.

"It's an achievement that's almost unheard of in our industry," Billings said. "It was very gratifying to all of us to acknowledge and celebrate this milestone."

The Ratts Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant with capacity of 250-megawatts and a workforce of 40 employees. Indiana's first cooperatively owned generating station, the Ratts facility went into commercial operation in April 1970.