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Southern Nuclear hosts renowned safety presenter for high school students in communities where it operates

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The week of April 18, Southern Nuclear hosted renowned safety presenter Candace Carnahan at high schools near each of its plant sites and the corporate office to educate students on the importance of maintaining safety awareness to avoid preventable accidents.

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is located in Birmingham and operates Alabama Power's Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala., and Georgia Power's Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., and Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.

"Southern Nuclear's top priority is the safety of our employees and plant neighbors," said Joe Parham, Southern Nuclear Fleet Safety and Health manager. "We partnered with Candace to promote safety to students in our communities and prepare our future workforce for what will always remain our top priority in everything we do."

Candace Carnahan shared her personal story about a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her lower left leg at the age of 21. She was working in a paper mill during her summer break from college, and while using a shortcut she picked up from fellow workers, her foot became caught in a conveyor belt that had no emergency stop system. A nearby worker was able to stop the conveyor and save Carnahan's life. Now, she uses her experience to share a positive message with audiences on eliminating preventable injuries.

"The first step in not getting hurt is knowing that you can be," she says.

"Our students were energized by Candace. She truly has a passion to promote workplace safety and warn others about the potential dangers of following the crowd," said Sabrina Campbell, Toombs County High School Career Technical Instruction program coordinator.

Burke County High School energy student Ar'nyya Walden said, "She made me realize that I am not invincible." Ali Gilbert added, "I now realize that getting hurt...