Safety Matters

RECC Employees receive two safety awards at the Safety and Energy Conference





RECC, Boylen recognized at Safety and Energy Conference

Safety is of utmost importance, especially in the electric industry. To further safety education,
lineworkers, supervisors and warehouse personnel from electric co-ops across Illinois gathered in
Springfield to attend the annual Safety and Energy Conference Jan. 31-Feb. 1, hosted by the Association
of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC).

The conference focused on safety and leadership in the energy industry, and attendees received
relevant training to keep them informed and safe while on the job. They learned about mental health
and dealing with trauma, explored the use of drones for infrastructure inspection, learned about
strategies for success in a multigenerational workplace, and much more.
During the conference, safety leadership awards were presented to recognize individual and
cooperative-wide commitment to a safe work culture.

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) was recognized with the 2023 award for Best Lost Time
Rate. The AIEC Cooperative Safety Leadership Awards recognize safety awareness and rewards
cooperatives that demonstrate safety leadership, promote safety culture, and go above and beyond
normal safety expectations.

RECC line foreman Travis Boylen also received the 2023 Individual Safety Leadership Award, which
recognizes the safety awareness of individuals who demonstrate safe leadership, promote a safe
culture, and contribute to the safety of a project. Recipients must demonstrate safety leadership above
and beyond the normal safety performance expectations. Individuals were nominated by their peers.
Each nomination provided specific details explaining why the person deserved the award.

“Travis is open-minded and listens to his crew for ideas to ensure the work is completed
safely and efficiently,” his nomination letter stated. “He understands the importance of family …
therefore, he always enforces safety because he wants his co-workers to return home safe each night
and enjoy their families. Being a leader/teacher who takes pride in his work, demonstrates a safe work
ethic and leads by example are what makes Travis a great safety leader.

First photo:  Tim Hemberger, Travis Boylen, Michael Lavin, Sean Koen, Matt Evans, Dalton Brown, Drayton Davis

Second photo: Travis Boylen