Connexus received the 2020 Leroy Vanderpool Excellence in Safety Award at the MRET (MN Rural Electric Trust) Annual Meeting – like many meetings this was virtual this year. We received a $400 grant for our 1st place finish! Wright Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association and Cooperative Light & Power Association finished second and third. The winners were selected by the MRET Loss Control Committee, comprised of full-time safety professionals within the Trust.

This honor is awarded to a member of the MRET that not only has a good experience modifier (how much we spend on injuries vs. what we contribute in premiums) but also improves their level of safety and safety culture. For this award’s incident reduction category, we described how our Connexus Learning Teams look deeper into the hazards and the context employees make decisions in to reduce/eliminate our injuries. For the award’s safety culture activities category, we explained how our Safety Steering Team, comprised of members from all levels within Connexus, sets yearly safety initiatives that they evaluate quarterly to ensure we are progressing those initiatives.