Safety & Environment
Employee Health & Safety
In 2018, Con Edison’s injury and illness rate of 1.32 exceeded our goal of 1.10, but was still one of the top five lowest OSHA rates after the company’s historically lowest rate in 2017. We had 149 recordable employee injuries last year, and experienced two high-hazard injuries. The company remains focused on achieving a zero–accident workplace, and remains committed to ensuring safety is more than a top priority, but a core principle embedded in our culture. Con Edison has reduced injuries by more than 60% since 2009. Orange and Rockland achieved its OSHA rate goal in 2018 and has seen a 69% 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
- robust and thorough job briefings to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the risks to be assessed and mitigated on every job
- open communication and inclusion on every job at every level
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. O&R is seeking to have an injury and illness incidence rate in the first quartile when compared to our utility peers. In an effort to improve our motor vehicle and driver performance, we have begun using artificial intelligence drive cameras in many of our vehicles. This ensures our drivers remain focused on zero-harm. 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