SMPA was judged against 22 other Colorado rural cooperatives on a variety of criteria, including accidents, training programs, wellness programs, protective equipment, mapping and safety preparation. In 2008, SMPA had no lost time accidents, meaning there were no accidents which required medical attention or prevented an employee from performing his or her job duties. In addition, the co-op also conducts monthly safety meetings, uses first-rate protective gear and has a staff-wide wellness program.
“The first step to providing members safe power is ensuring the safety of our employees,” said SMPA General Manager, Kevin Ritter. “We work in a high risk industry where even small mistakes can have deadly consequences.”
That concern for safety translates into SMPA’s community involvement. The co-op conducts numerous safety demonstrations and equipment trainings throughout the year at local government organizations and schools. The company’s website, www.smpa.com, also lists electrical safety tips for all ages and instructions for members in case of a hazardous situation.
Organizations that are interested in a safety demonstration can contact,
Rick Gabriel, SMPA purchasing/store supervisor, at 970/864-7311.
San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway, Colo. It is the mission of San Miguel Power Association to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing its members safe, reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible electrical service. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 13,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes.