At the close of business on Friday, May 11th, the employees of Central Texas Electric Co-op achieved a milestone rarely seen in the electric utility industry - the completion of one million consecutive hours worked without a lost time accident. For the 137 employees of CTEC, the streak dates back to July 24, 2008. CTEC’s employees, managers and directors marked the occasion with simultaneous ceremonies in each of its four offices.
Noting that “Safety is always a primary concern in any electric business,” Board member Jack Asbill addressed employees at the Mason Branch office. Asbill said “I want to convey, on behalf of the Board and my fellow Board member from Mason County, Riley Kothmann, our sincere congratulations to all our employees on one million man-hours of work without a lost time accident. We are very proud of this accomplishment. As a Board, we are always looking for ways to keep costs down and keep rates affordable for our members. Having a strong safety record like this, keeps premiums low so we can pass the savings on to our members. But more importantly, we want our employees to go home safe at the end of each day.”
At a meeting held simultaneously in Fredericksburg, CEO Bob Loth joined Asbill in lauding the co-op’s employees. According to Loth, CTEC’s record is currently one of the longest streaks among the 65 electric co-ops in the state of Texas, and one of the longest such streaks in the country. “To put this milestone in perspective,” Loth noted, “it would take a business with fifteen workers over 32 years to match this streak. When you think about the kind of work our people do – working on high voltage electric lines, at all hours of the day and night, and in all kinds of weather conditions – this accomplishment is truly remarkable.”
Central Texas Electric Co-op now serves over 36,000 meters in 11Texas Hill Country counties and has supported its members since 1947 – 65 years. CTEC employees can be seen involved with little league games, the volunteer fire departments, various churches, or with chamber of commerce functions. They are home-town folks that deserve congratulations on their safety success!