Safety

Smith Cogeneration is committed to the health and safety of our employees and the members of the communities in which they operate. From the PowerSmith facilities in Oklahoma City to Quoddy Bay LNG import facility, Smith Cogeneration companies keep safety, security, and health as top priorities.

Smith Cogeneration companies exceed local, state, and federal standards to ensure the safety and security in each of the industries in which the companies operate.

Smith Cogeneration companies exceed local, state, and federal standards to ensure the safety and security in each of the industries in which the companies operate. The prime example of this is evident in The PowerSmith Cogeneration project, which has operated for over 16 years without a single work-loss injury.

 

Case Study: PowerSmith Cogeneration

PowerSmith Cogeneration Project, a 120 MW gas turbine electric and steam generating facility located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been in operation since 1989, under the ownership management of Smith Cogeneration.

Under the policy instituted by Smith Cogeneration, safety has been set as a high priority because the attention to details of safety sets the culture for attention to all levels of detail in handling and producing industrial products. At this facility, high pressure natural gas, high, medium, and low pressure steam, electricity, acids, hot water, moving heavy weight loads and maintaining large rotating machinery are all part of the handling requirements for production operations.

While Smith Cogeneration represents the owner interests, GE provided the manpower service to the facility under an O&M agreement that provides incentives for safety and production to both GE and the individual workers. A constantly updated safety program has also been supported by Smith Cogeneration, which includes a workers committee to meet regularly to recommend new, more productive and safer operating procedures; bonuses to GE and individual workers for safety goals; purchases of recommended safety tools and equipment; third party audits and recommendations for the safety program; and twice annual formal safety training of workers.

Due to this emphasis on safety, PowerSmith Cogeneration Project has achieved a record of 5917 consecutive days (over sixteen consecutive years) without a lost time accident. In 2004, PowerSmith was awarded the Governor of Oklahoma Pinnacle Safety Award for excellence in Industrial Operations.

Workers are assured that the owners concern is for their safe work environment and respond with high production performance levels. In 2005 and 2006, PowerSmith achieved production levels of 95.6 % and 99.84% availability while continuing the consecutive day safety record.