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Westar Energy named one of the safest companies in America by EHS Today.

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Topeka, Kan., Sept. 17, 2014 — Every day, more than 2,400 Kansans across the state are working safely in power plants, offices and in the field providing their communities with the electricity needed to power their homes and businesses. Today, these Westar Energy employees are being recognized for making safety a way of life. 

Westar is being honored as one of EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies Class of 2014. The 18 companies recognized by the publication ranged from small firms to multinational corporations, all with safety as a core value.

“The EHS award really resonates with me because its motto is ‘Safety Brings You Home,’ emphasizing that safety is about employees and their families, not numbers,” said Doug Sterbenz, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We’ve created that future vision at Westar through the choices we make every day to do the right thing and help each other be safe. I am so proud to be associated with the Westar team for making the right safety choices the way of life at Westar.”

Employee involvement and a safety culture, driven by activities such as Westar’s safety tours, were among criteria EHS considered. Companies also were judged based on safety or environmental awards received, lower-than-average injury and illness rates and other key elements of their safety and health program.

EHS Today is a resource for safety, health and industrial hygiene professionals in the manufacturing, construction and service sectors, providing information about trends, management, regulatory news and other hot topics to help provide safe and healthy work sites. Since 2002, America’s Safest Companies has rewarded 174 organizations for their commitment to worker safety and health and environmental stewardship.

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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

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