Safety & Environment
Employee Health & Safety
As a measurement of progress toward a zero-harm workplace, the company is pursuing a reduction in the OSHA injury and illness incidence rate to 1.00 by 2019 (calculated in accordance with Bureau of Labor Statistics’ methodology). We are also specifically focused on the elimination of severe injuries and have set a goal of zero high-hazard injuries.
CECONY’s 1.17 injury and illness rate in 2017 surpassed our goal of 1.20. We had 126 recordable employee injuries last year, an improvement from 137 in the previous year. CECONY has reduced injuries by more than 60% since 2009; O&R has seen a 50% reduction in injuries since 2009.
Among the reasons for the improvement:
- strong, constructive partnerships between management and union leadership on safety
- formalized job planning, with special emphasis on high-energy jobs, in every organization
- open communication and inclusion on every job at every level
- pursuit of event precursors as means to promote further improvement
- institutionalization of error-avoidance tools
Con Edison of New York OSHA Rate
Orange and Rockland continues our progress toward a zero-harm workplace, with continued improvement thanks to our joint union-management Corporate Safety Committee, Company Safety Team, and 12 organization-specific safety teams. The company is seeking to have an injury and illness incidence rate in the first quartile when compared to our utility peers; our 2019 target is 1.0. We are trying to improve our driving performance and have installed outward- and inward-facing cameras in many of our vehicles. Our communications program incorporates lessons learned from these cameras, root cause analysis results (from injury and collision reviews), close call reporting, and other measures that have also contributed to our overall performance.
Orange and Rockland OSHA Rate