GreyStone Power Safety & Loss Control Director Blake Pendley finished an intensive program in electric utility safety and loss control to become a Certified Loss Control Professional. The Paulding County resident completed the Loss Control Internship (LCI) program, a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in conjunction with the National Utility Training and Safety Education Association (NUTSEA). The program is designed to instruct participants in many areas related to electric utility industry safety.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4.2 million injuries occur annually in the workplace. One of the goals of a Certified Loss Control Professional is to help ensure a safe work environment for utility workers and the public in general. Avoiding workplace accidents avoids down time and can ultimately lead to lower utility rates.
Pendley is one of only a few electric utility professionals in the country that will receive this certification this year. The program requires participants to complete a rigorous serious of seminars and tests, a 30 hour OSHA course, and a detailed final course project.
Loss control participants go through four, 6-day sessions that are designed to challenge and educate participants in new, innovative safety techniques. Participants must also maintain their certificate by attending courses every year in order to stay on top of changes in the industry.
Pendley has worked for GreyStone Power for more than 25 years in many different capacities. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children and live in Douglasville.
GreyStone Power serves more than 104,500 members in portions of eight counties, including Paulding, Douglas, Fulton, Cobb, Carroll, Bartow, Fayette and Coweta counties. Learn more at www.greystonepower.com.