GPA earns American Public Power Associations’s Safety Award


The Guam Power Authority (GPA) has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices for the qualifying year of 2019.

The utility earned a third-place award in the ‘Group F’ category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

Safety Award Winners

The American Public Power Association’s safety awards recognize utilities with the lowest safety incidence rate within their groups. Groups are determined by worker-hours of exposure. Association members can learn how and when to submit nominations for future awards. American Municipal Power, Inc.

“Safety is and always will be GPA’s top priority to ensure that GPA employees are informed and trained on safe work procedures,” said Kenneth Gutierrez, GPA Safety Administrator. “This recognition is an achievement of the Guam Power Authority as a whole committed towards delivering safe, reliable and quality electrical services,” added Gutierrez.

More than 335 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2019. The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2019, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We at the Guam Power Authority are proud of the service we provide to our customers,” said GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E. “But above all else, we are proud of our safety record—proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night,” Benavente concluded.