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October 15, 2002

Albany - Electrical crews work nearly 40 feet above ground and just inches from electrical lines, but not a single employee at one South Georgia electrical company has been injured on the job in years. That perfect safety record recently earned employees at Mitchell Electric Membership Corporation some recognition.

The crews at Mitchell EMC service power lines in Mitchell, Dougherty, and Worth Counties. The company honored 39 employees who have worked accident free for five years and recognized the offices that have not had a lost-time accident in more than a year.

"We take many safety precautions," said crew member Robert Lofton. "We always wear rubber gloves. We have a meeting before ever job we do, to talk about the safety steps we need to take."

Mitchell EMC employees maintain nearly 4,500 miles of power lines and drive 82,000 miles a month.

Posted at 5:39 PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com