Ensuring the health and safety of Duke Energy employees, contractors and communities is an integral part of what we do. The company is always striving for an injury and illness-free workplace.
In 2017, Duke Energy’s safety performance was strong, with an employee Total Incident Case Rate (TICR) of 0.36 – the best ever for Duke Energy and one of the best in the industry.
Piedmont Natural Gas employees also made significant progress in safety performance. Under the leadership of a safety improvement team that worked to adopt Duke Energy's safety programs and processes, Piedmont finished the year with a TICR of 1.65 – not as positive as the Duke Energy mark, but much better than the previous year. In this metric, the lower the score, the better.
Duke Energy successfully implemented a summer safety campaign, which educated workers about heat-related illnesses and other warm-weather hazards, and a program to effectively address minor injuries through a team of on-site nurses. The company will build on those successes in 2018 with initiatives focusing on hazards, ergonomics and safe driving.
Although pleased with the company’s overall performance, two work-related fatalities and three life-altering injuries mean there is still work to do. Reducing the number of serious injuries will be a focus for Duke Energy in 2018 as the company strives to have the safest workplace in the industry.