BECi Linemen Crews and Staff Teach Students About Electrical Safety
November 10, 2014
WHAT: Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc., in collaboration with Pitkin High School, will be teaching students about electrical safety, as well as what to do during vehicle accidents involving electrical lines and other various situations. We will also be teaching students about how electricity is generated, the steps to restoring power during an outage, and about careers in the utility industry. There will be a bucket truck on display for students to explore, along with linemen gear and tools, as well as a tabletop safety display that will demonstrate various safety scenarios.
WHY: BECi believes in community service, one aspect of that is playing a role in supporting and educating the students within our service area. BECi serves as a Partner in Education with Pitkin High School, along with South Beauregard Elementary, South Beauregard High School, and Moss Bluff Elementary. Creating a culture of safety is an important aspect of our daily routine at Beauregard Electric, and we believe it is our responsibility to educate our community on how to use caution around power lines. We also want to teach students about the various career opportunities within the utility industry that will allow them to live close to home while earning a competitive salary and serving their community.
WHERE: Pitkin High School
There will be two demonstrations being presented simultaneously. The tabletop display will be in Jerome Henson’s 7th and 8th grade honors class. The linemen crew and bucket truck demonstration will be outside for Pre-K through 3rd grade classes.
WHEN: Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m.
BECi Claims Safety Trophy for Second Straight Year
September 16, 2014
DeRidder, LA - Beauregard Electric’s efforts to promote safe workplace practices were recognized recently as the locally-owned cooperative claimed the coveted Louisiana Statewide Safety Trophy for the second consecutive year.
The trophy is presented each year by the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) in Baton Rouge. BECi was honored at ALEC’s annual membership meeting held at the Baton Rouge Hilton July 27-29.
In presenting the award, ALEC Director of Safety and Loss Control Mike Bergeaux noted BECi has logged 1,180,327 man-hours without a lost-time accident since March 2010, a figure that includes emergency restoration work after storms and other adverse conditions.
Through the previous 12-month period, BECi recorded 279,385 work-hours without a lost-time accident and 1,415,190 miles with just a single vehicular accident, Bergeaux said. The co-op’s record of performance topped that of ALEC’s seven other distribution cooperative members, he added.
BECi General Manager Kevin Turner, along with several employees and board members, accepted the Statewide Safety Trophy on behalf of everyone involved with making the co-op a state and national leader in safety.
“There’s no doubt that safety is a true team effort, and the credit goes to all of our employees who make safety a priority in performing their day-to-day tasks,” Turner said. “Our success begins with our member-elected leadership at the board level and runs throughout our organization. Every person in the organization plays a role.”
Turner said the co-op places a premium on safety not only to protect the health and well-being of employees, members and the public at-large, but also because it makes good economic sense.
“When you can create an effective culture of safety, everybody wins,” Turner said. “Not only do all of our employees get to go home to their families at the end of the work day, but it also keeps our costs down when it comes to insurance rates, down time and other ancillary expenses.”
The Statewide Safety Trophy is determined by using a comprehensive formula that accounts for safe operation on the job including field work, warehouse work, transportation and all other aspects necessary to deliver reliable, affordable power to BECi members, Bergeaux explained.
The prestigious award affirms BECi’s standing as a statewide leader in safety. The co-op recently earned its re-accreditation through a nationally recognized safety program. Over the past 16 years, BECi has received the Statewide Safety Trophy nine times. In 2005, BECi achieved an unprecedented record for safety by logging 2 million consecutive employee-hours without a lost-time accident over an eight-year period, something no other electric cooperative in the nation had achieved.
BECi Safety Director Eddie Hanks said, “BECi believes that the employees are our most valued asset, and the health and safety of those employees take priority over all. Along with inspections, safety meetings and training, the most important component of safety is total employee engagement at all levels. BECi's purpose for safety is to make certain that all employees and members will have a safe place to work and live, while enjoying safe, reliable, affordable electricity.”
BECi serves more than 40,000 members along more than 5,800 miles of power line in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, Rapides and Vernon parishes. It operates branch offices in New Llano and Moss Bluff.
Photo: Vice President of Operations and Construction Services Mark Royer, Safety Director Eddie Hanks, and Kevin Turner General Manager photographed with ALEC Statewide Safety Trophy.
Beauregard Electric Board of Directors Elected Without Opposition
March 22, 2014
DeRidder, LA – L.W. “Peto” Sellers, J.R. Hickman, and Donald R. Bush, were re-elected to the Beauregard Electric Board of Directors without opposition and officially began their three-year term on March 22, 2014.
Elected to represent District 9 is L.W. “Peto” Sellers. Sellers is a Sam Houston graduate and a member of the Moss Bluff United Methodist Church. Sellers is a self-employed real estate developer and a member of the Moss Bluff Civic Club, Merchants Association, and Optimist Club. He is a former member of the Moss Bluff Economic Board and past president of the Moss Bluff Gravity Drainage Board. Sellers has served BECi District 9 since 2005 and says, “Moss Bluff is a growing community and needs someone who understands the area and the members’ needs.” Sellers resides in Moss Bluff with his wife, Tina.
J.R. Hickman has been re-elected to represent District 3. Hickman holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree, plus 30 hours, in education. Before retiring, Hickman was an assistant principal at DeRidder High School and an agriculture teacher at DeRidder and Merryville High Schools. He has a combined total of 33 years as an educator. Hickman is a member of Grace Church, past member of the Beauregard Parish Fair Board, past president of ALEC, a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director, past president and state board member of the Beauregard Parish Association of Professional Educators in Louisiana, and past board member of the High School FFA Rodeo Association and Beauregard Farm Bureau. Hickman is also a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. Hickman says, “I will continue to serve my constituents to provide the most reliable service at the most economical rates with BECi employees in mind.” Hickman resides in DeRidder with his wife, Mary.
Donald R. Bush has been re-elected to represent District 1, a position he has served in since 1989. Bush is a graduate of McNeese State University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. Bush is a retired school administrator, attends Cooper Baptist Church, is a member of Pickering Lodge #447, and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and Shriner. Bush is also a member of the West Louisiana Forestry Festival Fair Board. As a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director, Bush also has a NRECA Board Leadership Certification. Bush states that his 25 years of experience on the BECi Board and experience gained from his professional life make him qualified to serve his constituents. Bush resides in Pickering with his wife, Nelwyn.
For more information on BECi and the Board of Directors, visit www.beci.org.