MRES awarded for worker safety at Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Joe Yuhas presents Liberty Mutual Silver Safety Award to MRES CEO Tom Heller

In photo, Liberty Mutual Insurance Risk Control Technical Consultant Joe Yuhas, left, presents Liberty Mutual's Silver Safety Award to MRES CEO Tom Heller.


Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) has earned a safety award from Liberty Mutual Insurance for outstanding safety during the ongoing construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project near Pella, Iowa.

Liberty Mutual awards its Silver Safety Award to companies for projects that have an incident rate at least 60 percent better than the industry average. MRES is building the project at the existing Red Rock Dam on the Des Moines River. Ames Construction is the general contractor. On March 15, MRES provided lunch for all of the construction workers. 

MRES CEO Tom Heller, in accepting the award, thanked the workers for their commitment and dedication to be safe on the job. "There are many worksite challenges in a project of this magnitude," Heller said. "Without a strong focus on safety, there could be a lot of potential for accidents. At MRES and at Ames Construction, our first concern is to protect you and the public."

When complete in 2018, the project will provide enough clean, reliable, renewable hydroelectric energy to meet the needs of about 18,000 homes.

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