KU employees praised for community support and safe work

Posted | May 6, 2020

Helping others any way we can during these trying times is important to all of us, including KU line technicians Hayden Stewart and Brandon Edelen. They helped lift nurses' spirits on April 22 by hanging white bows to honor healthcare heroes, apricot ribbons — the color that represents nursing — and COVID-19 nurse-appreciation signs in Lexington. That's not the only reason, however, that they received kudos from the community.

Stewart and Edelen also were complimented by Kim Wilder, president of the Kentucky Nursing Association (KNA) Bluegrass Chapter, for their safety practices.

"I made a few observations on Wednesday," said Wilder. "One was the investment that KU made that day in this activity at such a weird time in our economy. Another was this. At each stop, and there were many — some just 50 feet apart — these young men exercised safety precautions by carefully placing the traffic cones and protecting one another when using the bucket. Safety is a way of life, and I feel like you have definitely imparted this knowledge and the importance of it to these young men. "

Practicing excellent safety habits is critical for the well-being of LG&E and KU employees. 

"I am extremely proud of our employees' attention to safety and professionalism," said Mike Woods, team leader, Electric Distribution Operations.  "We take both very seriously, and they are among the top priorities in everything KU does. I wouldn't expect anything less from our employees."

Thank you to all employees who are spreading positivity and working together to uphold our safety practices.

COVID-19 Nurse Appreciation
KU line technicians helped to hang signs and ribbons to support KNA, while demonstrating excellent safety practices. Photo courtesy of KNA.