Cardinal Generating Station reaches safety milestone

CONTACT: Patrick Higgins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, joint owner of Cardinal Generating Station, announced today that the Brilliant, Ohio-based facility recently surpassed two significant safety milestones. On February 6, the 1880 MW coal-fired power plant recorded 1 million hours without a lost-time injury, and on February 13, reached 500,000 hours without a recordable, or days away, restricted, or transferred (DART) injury. DART is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety metric that shows how workplace injuries and illnesses cause affected employees to remain away from work; restrict their work activities; or cause them to transfer to another job because of an inability to perform their typical duties within a calendar year. DART rates help employers and senior management to identify workplace safety issues.

“Cardinal Plant employees provide a vital service across Ohio—they keep the lights on and the power flowing,” Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Vice President of Power Generation Tom Alban said. “That means working around the clock, in what can be a stressful, potentially hazardous environment. The attainment of more than 1 million hours without a lost-time injury amounts to one hour for every member that we serve. Couple that with 500,000 hours without injuries that result in days away from work, and Cardinal’s record reflects a staff who are member-focused, safety-oriented, and service-driven. It’s a noteworthy accomplishment.”

Ohio’s electric cooperative network is composed of 24 co-ops that serve members in 77 of the Buckeye State’s 88 counties. The Cardinal Plant employs 310, and, with $1.2 billion of emissions control systems, is considered one of the most environmentally friendly coal-fired power plants on the globe.