For the first time in its 133-year history, a Pennsylvania electric company has gone a full year without incurring an OSHA recordable injury. What’s this employer doing right, and what can you learn from its example?
Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) serves more than half a million customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. About 650 Met-Ed employees worked 1.3 million hours without requiring treatment beyond basic first aid. Company officials say the safety benchmark is especially impressive, as Met-Ed employees work with high voltages of electricity and operate in hazardous conditions, including ice and snow, storms, and floods. According to the company, more than 782,000 customers had power restored since the last Met-Ed recordable injury.
Noted regional president Ed Shuttleworth, “We are proud of this impressive achievement because Met-Ed employees make working safely a top priority.” He credits the commitment of employees and leaders for the extended safety streak.
According to First Energy, the parent company of Met-Ed, “Health and safety are essential to all business activities at FirstEnergy.” The corporation’s stated safety goals include:
- Provide a safe and healthy work environment.
- Maintain an accident-free, injury free, and illness free workplace for employees, contractors, and visitors.
- Promote, support, and maintain public safety.
First Energy maintains that employees are ultimately responsible and accountable for their safety. The company’s role is to ensure personnel have the tools, information, and processes to work safely. Education and training are considered the keys to safety awareness and hazard recognition.