Despite an improving safety trend, Duke Energy tragically experienced three work-related fatalities and two life-altering injuries in 2019. By working internally and with other Edison Electric Institute companies in 2020, Duke Energy will continue our efforts to reduce the number of serious injuries and become an even safer workplace.
The company is committed to leading the industry in safety by proactively addressing risk and empowering employees. Workers put safety first by actively caring, recognizing hazards and taking accountability for their actions.
Consistent with our industry-leading performance from previous years, employees continued to deliver strong safety results in 2019, meeting our target total incident case rate. Since 2012, the company has reduced its number of recordable injuries by 46 percent.
To enhance safety performance, the company used data to identify safety risks and prevent injuries before they occurred. New programs and technologies also improved employee safety behavior through better on-the-job observations.
In addition to injury reduction initiatives, Duke Energy introduced a decentralized safety governance model to improve accountability. The Environmental, Health and Safety business unit primarily provides direction and oversight, allowing safety professionals to directly support daily operations.
Duke Energy also continues to provide work-life programs to support the health and overall well-being of employees.