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Holter Dam Hydro Team Honored for Safety Effort

Dec 06, 2016

Butte, Mont. – Dec. 6, 2016 – Employees at NorthWestern Energy’s Holter Dam have been honored for their workplace safety efforts by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

The hydroelectric facility north of Helena was recently recognized with re-approval as a Voluntary Protection Program Star Facility. The Voluntary Protection Program recognizes worksites that demonstrate exemplary safety performance that goes beyond compliance with safety regulations. Such approvals can occur every five years and are attained through the completion of a rigorous multi-day audit by a team of OSHA VPP representatives.

The VPP process promotes a safety partnership between management, workers and OSHA and encourages shared ownership of safety and health responsibilities. Along with promoting safer workplaces, the VPP program can help reduce off-the-job injuries and illnesses.

Holter is one of four NorthWestern Energy hydroelectric operations in Montana to earn the VPP Star certification. Just nine work sites statewide have earned the honor.

“Congratulations to the Holter crew for once again attaining this great achievement as a VPP Star facility. The crew’s ownership and proactive safety culture are outstanding and I’m excited that they are receiving this recognition for the great efforts that they put forth,” said Jeremy Clotfelter, Superintendent of Hydro Operations for NorthWestern Energy. “The partnership with OSHA through VPP has helped guide improvement in our safety procedures, processes, and most importantly our safety culture. Our thanks go out to the Holter crew, our company, and to OSHA for supporting the VPP effort. This achievement truly sets the Holter facility apart as one of the best in the country.

Employees at the Holter hydro operation include Rich Bonnes, Bill Schutter and Mike Shuler. They are supervised by Roscoe Kronfuss.

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