At Duke Energy, the safety of our employees, contractors and communities is always our top priority. We strive for zero injuries but recognize that safety is more than a lack of incidents; it’s a culture where workers actively care about themselves and the well-being of others.
In 2016, the company launched a five-year plan to focus on event-free operations and each business unit established new safety goals to build on previous successes. Our renewed focus led to important improvements in our safety performance.
Duke Energy had zero work-related fatalities in 2016. Although we had one life-altering injury, we decreased significant injuries from 16 in 2015 to five in 2016, a two-thirds reduction. We also achieved an employee Total Incident Case Rate (TICR) of 0.40, one of the best in our industry.
We are pleased with our continued improvements, but know we still have work to do. In 2017, we plan to integrate Piedmont Natural Gas into Duke Energy’s safety processes and programs. We will also continue to focus on prevention of the most serious injuries to our employees and contractors to create an even safer place to work.