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FPL Promotes Power Line Safety To Laborers And Public

JUNO BEACH, Fla., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During National Safety Month, Florida Power & Light Company is making available a new power line safety poster to help businesses, laborers and the public stay safe while landscaping and doing other work outside homes and businesses. The poster is available to download in English, Spanish and Creole at the company's website page devoted to power line safety,

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"Safety is a priority for FPL and our employees, and we want our customers to also stay safe," said Red Dunn, FPL Transmission & Substation manager of safety and training. "People need to be aware and avoid power lines at all times, whether they be overhead or underground, especially when trimming trees, digging or doing any work around their homes and businesses." 

FPL launched a Safety 6 program more than 10 years ago to alert businesses and their employees about the dangers of working near power lines. The program features six key safety rules to follow when working around power lines and includes U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations listing minimum safe approach distances from power lines for workers and equipment. Safety 6 is part of FPL's numerous safety initiatives under its Zero Today! program, which demonstrates the company's commitment to reducing occupational and non-occupational injuries.

FPL worked with El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center, a day-labor center in Jupiter, Fla., that provides skilled workers to employers, to create the poster and educate its workers about power line safety.

"This poster will help our English and non-English speaking day laborers easily identify the hazards of working in proximity to power lines," El Sol Associate Director Dora B. Valdivia said. "We appreciate FPL working with us to provide this tool to help keep our workers safe throughout the year."   

Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to participate in National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

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