July 12, 2010 energyair Share this post Energy Air, Inc.’s annual safety jackpot reached a grand total of $28,000, the company announced to employees July 8, 2010. The “safety jackpot” is a part of Energy Air’s ‘Safety Pays’ program, which started in 2007. Each week the company goes accident free, $500.00 is deposited into the jackpot. The total jackpot is given away through drawings, and all employees with zero accidents in the 12 preceding months are eligible to participate. In total, the team was able to increase the jackpot in 2010 by $1,500.00. The zero-accident policy announced at Energy Air’s 2009 family picnic contributed to the improvement in reducing lost-time injuries. Additionally, the company had four months with zero injuries out of the 12-month period. The zero-accident policy requires all field employees to wear 100% personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times and states that disciplinary action will be a result of those that do not follow the policy. At the annual company picnic, each employee without an injury for the year is given a bracelet. All bracelets are added to a drum, and one by one employee’s names are drawn. The employee then selects from a series of colored envelopes posted on the wall. The envelopes are stuffed with certificates for cash ranging from $100.00 to $2,500.00. It’s something the team looks forward to all year, according to Philip “Critter” Crider, vice president of operations for Energy Air. “I’m happy to see an improvement this year,” said Crider. “Everyone has been working really hard at preventing accidents, and it shows in the improvement of the jackpot. We love to be able to recognize everyone with this incentive.” Energy Air’s mission is to be the leader of the HVAC industry through professionalism, knowledge, superior performance, outstanding service to its customers and a commitment to employee development to better serve the community. The company provides air conditioning and heating installation, service, repair, replacement and planned maintenance for residential and commercial buildings.