Duke Energy is committed to the health and safety of its workforce and communities. Putting safety first not only enhances quality of life but contributes to the company’s business success.
In 2018, our employees delivered strong safety results, consistent with our industry-leading performance from previous years. However, we fell short of our aggressive target for our total incident case rate.
To help drive improvement, the company focused on injury prevention through two campaigns, including a summer program aimed at reducing heat-related illness and insect bites. The second campaign focused on reducing line-of-fire injuries caused by sharp, moving and low-hanging objects striking workers.
In addition to delivering results in business-as-usual situations, Duke Energy employees exceeded expectations under adverse weather conditions. The company safely and efficiently restored power to millions of customers after two catastrophic hurricanes impacted our territory during 2018.
Despite an improving safety trend, there is still work to be done. Duke Energy experienced three work-related fatalities and one life-altering injury in 2018. Reducing the number of serious injuries will be a focus for Duke Energy in 2019 as the company strives to be an injury- and illness-free workplace.