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LOCAL RG&E EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY, July 23, 2009 – RG&E has recognized the outstanding safety record of its 16 electric line operations employees in the company’s Lakeshore District in Wayne and Cayuga counties. Those employees have gone three years without a reportable lost-time accident and logged 3 million miles without a motor vehicle accident.


“Ensuring that our employees are safe is a top company value, but working accident free really comes down to taking personal responsibility for safety,” said Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “In the Lakeshore District, the results speak for themselves: our employees have clearly taken personal responsibility for safety.”

Laurito recently presented the Lakeshore District employees with the RG&E President’s Safety Award for 2007 and 2008; the district also received the award in 2006. 

Joining Laurito in offering congratulations were NYSEG and RG&E’s Mike Conroy, vice president - operations; Judy Schroeder, director - regional operations (Lakes Region); Craig See, manager - compliance, safety compliance; Mark Graham, manager - regional operations (Lakes Region); Beth Derrenbacher, supervisor - construction and maintenance/electric (Lakeshore District); Rick Irish, lead cable splicer - construction & maintenance and president of Local 36 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers; and Ron Edmister, analyst - transmission and distribution safety, safety compliance.

Wayne County Sheriff Richard J. Pisciotti also attended to congratulate the group for a job well done. Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks, who represents Oswego, Wayne and Cayuga counties, sent a congratulatory letter.

The last time the Lakeshore District had a reportable injury was April 8, 2005. Employees have worked accident free through 17 major wind, ice and snowstorms; since 2006 they have also gone outside of the region eight times to assist other utilities in restoring electric service, Derrenbacher said. 

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a lost-time accident as an injury that causes any loss of time from work beyond the day or shift it occurred or a work-related illness or disease that causes disability at any time.

The Lakeshore District – part of RG&E’s Lakes Region – covers towns and villages in Wayne County and portions of Cayuga County. The district office is in Sodus.

About RG&E: RG&E is a Rochester-based subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. We serve 362,000 electricity customers and 299,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, we will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve. For more information about RG&E, visit rge.com.