Canyon State Electric’s Safety Department Receives National Recognition

Phoenix, AZ – Canyon State Electric (CSE) received national recognition last week from Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) for excellence in safety. From a group of 3,600 member businesses nationwide, CSE was among one dozen companies with the distinction of Superior Achievement in Safety. 

The award, which was announced during IEC’s annual SPARK conference, scores a safety department in over twenty categories, including upper management/owner commitment, employee participation, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and recordkeeping. Canyon State Electric earned the maximum amount of points in all categories. 

“Safety is the company culture,” said Sidney Hawkins, Canyon State Electric’s safety and training manager. “Our staff focuses on the safety of the person working near them. They genuinely care about each other. That mindset makes Canyon State one of the safest companies I have ever worked for.”

Canyon State Electric President Robert Hughes said, “We want everyone to go home to their families healthier and wealthier each day. Safety is our number one core value, and we have ensured at each level of the company, it is our highest priority. We talk the talk and walk the walk.”

CSE currently has a three-year agreement with the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) to strengthen the company’s health and safety processes even further. Since signing the agreement, Canyon State Electric has maintained an experience modification rating— used to measure a company’s job site safety with regards to insurance premiums— under .7, thirty percent lower than the industry average. 

Near the end of the three-year agreement, the company will start the process for OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) application. The VPP star distinction is OSHA’s highest level of recognition.

“We are already looking beyond VPP. What comes after VPP? That’s what we want,” said Hawkins. 

Canyon State Electric was the only Arizona-based contractor recognized by IEC for achievements in safety.




About Canyon State Electric 

Canyon State Electric (CSE) is the single-source solution for electrical construction services in the Southwest. Founded in 1978 by Steven Maderazzo, CSE is now led by CEOs Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes and Christopher Maderazzo. The company’s single location is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, where over one hundred electrical, life safety, and maintenance experts serve the surrounding community. 

About Independent Electrical Contractors

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is a nonprofit trade association federation with 53 educational campuses and affiliate local chapters across the country. IEC represents more than 3,600 member businesses that employ over 80,000 electrical and systems workers throughout the United States. The association educates nearly 14,000 electricians and systems professionals each year through world-class training programs. IEC contractor member companies are some of the premier firms in the industry and are responsible for over $8.5B in gross revenue annually.

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