Safety and Health at AEP
Zero Harm is at the heart of everything we do at AEP. It means we believe all occupational illnesses and injuries are preventable Because We Care that everyone goes home in the same or better condition than when they came to work. We Care about our people, our customers and our communities.
In 2017, AEP began the second of a five-year safety and health transformation effort toward our goal of Zero Harm – zero injuries, zero occupational illnesses, and zero fatalities. We have established several programs and activities that serve as the foundation for our journey. Our objective is to take our safety and health culture from good to great by making it personal and holding each other accountable.
We know we can achieve Zero Harm because work groups across the company achieve it every year. We are creating a learning-centric safety culture where events are looked at objectively and used as opportunities to prevent future harm, while learning from those who do it well. It’s a culture that focuses on communicating, learning and continuously improving so the same events aren’t repeated. Our efforts include:
- Building a comprehensive governance structure that allows us to be more proactive and remove obstacles to preventing harm
- Enhancing training to objectively evaluate safety-related events
- Implementing employee recommended policies to make driving safer
- Making safety and health information more accessible through online platforms
- Analyzing and sharing injury data and trends with business units
- Producing video messages to educate employees
- Coaching employees to have meaningful conversations about safety and health
Despite increased attention on safety, we tragically experienced two contractor fatalities in 2017 and one in 2018. The loss of any life is immeasurable, as it leaves a significant void in the lives of co-workers, family and friends. Contractors are an important part of the workforce, and we want them to go home without harm from the work they do on our behalf. Although these heartbreaking events can never be undone, each loss strengthens our resolve to work harder toward Zero Harm.