Making Safety a Priority

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

“We will be a diverse and energetic workforce, working together in a safe environment and treating each other with dignity and respect.”

At the forefront of the Grand River Dam Authority’s “5E’s of excellence” mission is this employee pledge, which describes the many factors encompassed by Team GRDA that allow it to complete its tasks for the good of GRDA’s ratepayers and the state of Oklahoma.

Safety is our business too … All across GRDA, the workforce continues to implement new safety programs and processes. In 2017, GRDA reached a safety milestone with the lowest recordable incident rate since 1989.

Of course, safety is at the very heart of the Team GRDA culture, not just at the heart of the pledge. In fact, in 2017, the GRDA workforce reached a safety milestone by recording the lowest recordable incident rate since 1989. While there are many factors and indicators that contribute to a culture of safety – including safety management systems and processes that helped to reduce the likelihood of injury, illness and mishap – the real drivers behind a safe workplace are the people on the job every day. As they incorporate these new processes all across GRDA, from the hydro facilities and power plants to the electric lines and workshops, the results begin to speak for themselves. However, there is always more to do and GRDA remains committed to enhancing a culture of safety so that our team members can do their jobs in a productive and efficient manner and then enjoy their time off-the-clock with their families. Meanwhile, a safe, efficient GRDA means the continued delivery of low-cost, reliable electricity that touches 75 of 77 counties in Oklahoma, benefiting not only GRDA ratepayers but neighbors all across the state.

For all these reasons, and more, GRDA employees continue to make safety a priority.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.