WILKESVILLE, Ohio – Employees at the Rolling Hills Generating Station, have received three awards, including the prestigious Safety Leadership Award, from the National Safety Council (NSC) for achieving the best possible safety performance for the past 10 years.

Since the plant was staffed in 2002, Rolling Hills employees have had no U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work (lost time), a total of approximately 170,100 safe working hours as of Dec. 31, 2011.

“Plant employees continue to show their commitment to safety, an asset not only to our business but also to their families and communities,” said Plant Manager Steve Greene. “Recognition from the National Safety Council is an honor we strive to maintain year after year through a continued focus on worksite safety and safety training.”

Employees at the Rolling Hills plant also received the NSC Occupational Excellence Achievement and the Perfect Record awards. The Occupational Excellence Achievement Award honors the plant for a safety record equal to or better than 50 percent of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates in the industry for lost-time illnesses and injuries. The Perfect Record Award recognizes companies that have completed at least 12 consecutive months without incurring a lost-time injury or illness.

In 2011, employees at Rolling Hills worked approximately 15,200 hours with no lost-time injuries or illnesses.

The Rolling Hills Generating Station is owned by Rolling Hills Generating, L.L.C., a private equity investment managed by Tenaska Capital Management, LLC (TCM), and operated by TPF Operations, Inc. Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the facility is capable of producing up to 815 megawatts of electricity for the region during periods of peak demand, such as extremely hot or cold days.

In 2011, the Rolling Hills facility contributed more than $1 million to Vinton County, the Vinton County School District and the Wilkesville Township through a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement and injected approximately $2.4 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy. Employees provided approximately 180 hours of volunteer service in 2011. Other community contributions include assistance in purchasing a fire truck and a contribution to a new fire station in Wilkesville.