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September 21, 2012
Contact: Rick Moore (812) 876-0282

Hoosier Energy's Ratts Station workforce celebrates safety milestone

Ratts Generating Station employees celebrated six years without a lost-time accident during a special luncheon Sept. 10 at Hoosier Energy's plant in Petersburg.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith attended to congratulate and thank the Ratts workforce for its exceptional safety record.

"You are a great model for the entire company," said Smith. "Safety is a key word in our mission statement and this is a shining example. Ultimately, it's all about each one of you and your co-workers going home safe every day. This milestone speaks volumes about the culture of safety that you have here."

With the six-year mark surpassed on Sept. 9, Ratts employees had amassed more than 2,200 days and more than 500,000 man-hours of work without a reportable lost-time accident.

Management Services Vice President Bob Richhart said that in 20 years of participating in electric cooperative plant safety programs he has not heard of a generating station with a safety record as long as six years.

"It"s very much a team effort and a powerful symbol of the importance and value of safety," said Richhart.

Power Production Vice President Rob Hochstetler also commended the employees for the record. "Six years without a lost-time accident is a super achievement," said Ratts Station Manager Jesse Billings.

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