Accident Prevention

Eligibility & Criteria

The Accident Prevention Award is designed for MEA to recognize member companies with outstanding safety records and to provide a safety benchmark among natural gas and electric utilities.

  • Eligibility

    This program is open to all energy delivery members of MEA in good standing.

    Data must be from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year. (For example: If submitting data for the 2020 awards, submit data for January 1 – December 31, 2019.)

    Data is submitted for all employees within the regulated utility including gas and electric personnel for utilities that have both gas and electric distribution.

  • Categories

    Distribution companies shall be divided into four categories based on the number of employee-hours worked annually in each company’s applicable division.


    • 0 – 100,000 employee-hours worked
    • 100,001 – 1,000,000 employee-hours worked
    • 1,000,001 – 10,000,000 employee-hours worked
    • 10,000,001 – and more employee-hours worked

    Gas transmission companies are also eligible based on actual number of employee-hours worked.

  • Award Selection

    Awards are earned by the member company or companies in each category having the lowest DART rate at the conclusion of the data period. Awards are presented in-person at the annual Electric Operations Technical & Leadership Summit or Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit.

    DART cases shall include:

    • 1 case involving days away from work
    • 2 cases involving job transfer or restriction

    DART shall be calculated as follows:

    DART rate = (Total number of recordable injuries and illnesses that caused a worker to be away, restricted, or transferred x 200,000) / Total number of hours worked by all employees

  • Reportable Injuries

    A reportable DART case shall be any incident reported on OSHA Form #300, “Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses” and appearing in Columns H and I of that form. In addition, we are collecting information on the OSHA rate (Column J, Form #300) and LWD rate.

    All reporting shall be in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Regulation 29 CFR, Part 1904.

  • Reporting Method

    Each member company is invited to submit data using our online form. MEA will solicit this data from all member companies in the first quarter of the year following the year to which the data is applicable.