Electric line working is consistently rated in the top 10 of most dangerous jobs. With this in mind the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) is fully committed to the safety of our employees as well as the safety of the public. The WMLP was awarded the American Public Power Association's (APPA) 2020 Safety Award of Excellence for its commitment.
Lost Time Accident Streaks
The Municipal Light Board of Commissioners incorporated safety into the Mission Statement in 2004. In the last 17 years, the Municipal Light Plant has had streaks of 568, 998, 1375 and most recently 2,102 days without a lost time accident (LTA).
All Wellesley Municipal Light Plant employees, including supervisors, substation operators, customer service representatives, management, administration personnel and line crews attend various safety meetings.
Linemen, sub-station operators and electricians are required to attend defibrillator, CPR and First Aid re-certification each year. All other employees are given the option to be CPR and First Aid Safety trained. An American Heart Association certified instructor conducts this training. In addition to the line operations staff, there are members of each department, including Supervisory Electrical Engineer, Construction Engineer, Electrician, Substation Operators, Customer Service Supervisor, Accounting Supervisor, Senior Customer Service Representatives, and Operations and Financial Assistant who are certified.
Pole-Top, Manhole & Bucket Rescue Training
Pole-top, manhole and bucket rescue training are required of all line workers and supervisors annually.
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant has a safety committee made up of management, supervisors and line operations staff. This committee meets monthly to ensure that the safety aspect of the WMLP mission statement is fulfilled and to empower all employees to take ownership of safety.
Kevin P. Bracken
Francisco A. Frias
Cynthia R. Lowe
Donald H. Newell
Daniel J. Trant
WMLP staff has conducted Electrical Safety for Firefighters presentations for all Wellesley firefighters.