Category Archives: Safety

Stay away from downed power lines: April storm devastates power line system

Yesterday’s snow and ice caused widespread destruction on the powerline system, leaving thousands of electric cooperative members without power. With more than 323 transmission line structures down on their system and 15 substations without power, Great River Energy, wholesale power supplier 28 member-owner cooperatives, asks for patience and urges the public to beware of downed […]

Storm damage update

The storm we are experiencing across the state is having a severe impact on the electric system for Great River Energy, its member-owner cooperatives, and our neighboring utilities. We have approximately 200 structures down on our transmission system and we understand that our neighboring utilities have approximately 150 structures down on their systems. As the […]

Blue Flint celebrates 1 million hours of safety

Midwest AgEnergy announced employees at the Blue Flint biorefinery have surpassed 1 million hours of safely working without a lost-time accident. A lost-time accident is defined as time lost to an employee who is injured on the job and cannot return to the next regularly scheduled shift. The streak began April 13, 2007. To put […]

Employees find ways to enhance on-the-job safety

Safety is a core value at Great River Energy, and employees are empowered to look for ways to enhance safety on the job and at home. Here is a sample of the many ways employees helped Great River Energy operate safely in 2016. Access doors at Coal Creek Station: Four heavy steel access doors are […]

Safety team shares ‘Safety is personal’ at national summit

Great River Energy’s safety administrators from Minnesota and North Dakota highlighted Great River Energy’s safety communications program at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2016 Safety Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 16 to 18. They joined safety administrators from other cooperatives to discuss best practices in engaging and training cooperative employees. Safety is deeply […]

For Great River Energy employees, safety is personal

Great River Energy wants everyone to be safe – on the job and at home. For the past two years, Great River Energy has been promoting the theme “Safety is Personal,” which highlights individual employees and the reasons why they make safety a priority both on and off the job. This campaign has been promoted […]

CPR training prepares employees to save a life

Diligence, discipline and strong encouragement for learning CPR and first aid led a trio of Great River Energy employees to save the life of a guest speaker who collapsed during a recent presentation. “We didn’t know what to think. Everything was fine, and then the facilitator just tipped over backwards, flat on his back,” said […]