Safety: Progress with vision for the future
At Duke Energy, safety is more than a corporate priority; it is a core company value. Safety is job one, every day. We value the safety of our employees, contractors and communities and are taking action to prevent incidents. Building upon the success, and failures, of past years, our mission is to create a safer place to work and live, where everyone gets to go home at the end of the workday.
In 2015, Duke Energy enhanced and implemented several initiatives to improve safety performance. For example, the rollout of an improved contractor safety program in September 2015 puts more rigor around selecting, managing and providing oversight to contractors.
In addition, business units executed “Keys to Life” control plans that reduced risk and improved worker behaviors related to high-hazard activities. And our Transmission and Delivery Operations group did a deep dive into its injury data that led to a renewed mission to eradicate electrical contact events.
The results of our new and existing safety initiatives and processes led to substantially improved performance in our 2015 safety measures. Duke Energy had zero employee fatalities. We also decreased our Employee Total Incident Case Rate (TICR) by almost 30 percent to 0.41. Tragically, there were five contractor fatalities, all of which were traffic related. We are working together with our contractor partners to address these safety concerns.
We are pleased about our improvements but not satisfied with our results. In 2016, we are launching a five-year plan that will drive continued focus on event-free operations and challenge the company to reach even greater safety success by 2020.