We are committed to the vision of a zero-harm workplace and prevention of events that give rise to injuries. As a measurement of progress toward this vision, the company is pursuing a reduction in the OSHA incidence rate to 1.00 by 2019 (as calculated in accordance with Bureau of Labor Statistics’ guidelines). The company is also specifically focused on the elimination of severe injuries, and has set a goal of zero high-hazard injuries by 2017.
The company has made significant progress in these areas, with both CECONY and O&R driving down the incidence rate and severe injury cases significantly relative to 2009. For example, CECONY saw more than 60% fewer injuries in 2015 compared with 2009, and O&R experienced more than 50% fewer OSHA recordable injuries during this same time period, which led to more people going home safely over the period.
A comprehensive safety strategy and specific improvement tactics underlie this sustained positive performance. Specific focus areas of particular relevance include:
The following tables illustrate the performance improvement in several key safety metrics since 2009: