Craig power plant reaches safety goal

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Workers at Craig Station are celebrating an important safety mark this month. October 19 marked the 365th consecutive day in which the more than 300 employees of the electric generation plant located in Craig Colo., have worked without a lost-time injury.

"This is the first occasion of reaching this milestone in Craig Station's 20-year opening history," said Jim McNicol, plant manager. "Working safely in order to produce reliable electrical power is an important aspect of our business which is taken seriously by all employees."

The 1,264 megawatt capacity, coal-fired Craig Station was constructed in the late 1970s and early 1980s to provide power to consumers of five regional utilities, collectively called the Yampa Project.

The plant is operated by Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a wholesale power supplier for 32 rural electric cooperatives in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

Jerry Stephens, Tri-State's manager of safety and occupational health, noted that the accomplishment was even more remarkable because a scheduled maintenance outage placed special demands on the workforce. "This year, extreme attention to safety was a must when our employees disassembled Unit 3 for a routine maintenance."

Stephens attributed the record year to workers' vigilant awareness of their own safety habits and those of their co-workers.

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