Cooper Announces More Than 2 Million Safe Working Hours

GREENSBORO, NC (June 2, 2014) – Today, Cooper Electric officials announced the completion of more than 2 million safe working hours since their last lost-time incident. This momentous achievement in a high risk field distinguishes Cooper as a workplace committed to an exceptional level of employee safety and competence.

According to Cooper Electric President Barry Brown, “Our commitment to safety is the essential foundation of all of our services. We don’t cut corners or look the other way because we can’t – the lives of our employees are at stake. Instead, we train and certify all of our employees to deliver services safely and confidently, ensuring that every field electrician is proficient in safety codes and practices.”

As part of the electrical construction, calibrations and instrumentation industry, Cooper Electric mandates ongoing safety training for all of its employees. Field electricians must be certified and must have a complete understanding of state electrical codes. Safety managers must complete a rigorous training program provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

According to the OSHA 500 course description published at, “This course is designed for personnel in the private sector interested in teaching the 10- and 30-hour construction safety and health outreach program to their employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour programs as well as on those that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide.”

In addition, company safety performance is measured by the Experience Modification Rate (EMR)* that Worker’s Compensation assigns to each organization. As of the time of this release, Cooper has achieved an EMR of .71, well below the industry average of 1.0, indicating an effective safety program that eliminates hazards and prevents injuries, reducing insurance claims.

Incorporated in 1954, Greensboro, NC-based electrical construction company Cooper Electric serves a wide range of industrial, commercial and municipal customers across the Southeast, providing best-in-class electrical design/build, instrumentation and calibrations services.