HALIFAX – Employees at Nova Scotia Power achieved their best-ever safety results in 2013.
Company employees worked a total of 3.3 million hours in 2013 and recorded only eight lost days due to injury according to Canadian Electricity Association standards. Employees’ All Injury Frequency (AIF), a rating summarizing incidents requiring medical attention or resulting in lost time compared to total hours worked, was 0.61, the best result on record for Nova Scotia Power.
“This milestone exemplifies the commitment by employees at all levels of Nova Scotia Power to safe work practices and the firm belief that all injuries are preventable,” said Bob Hanf, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power. “There’s been a lot of change in our business in the past year and I’m incredibly proud of the continuing dedication employees have shown to being a safety leader in Nova Scotia and beyond.”
For many years, Nova Scotia Power employees have been safety leaders in Nova Scotia and have performed better than the average among utility-industry peers across Canada. Last year’s result positions employees well toward their goal of achieving an AIF below 0.5, considered an indication of world class safety performance. Just last week, employees at Dartmouth’s Tufts Cove Generating Station celebrated 10 years without a loss time injury.
“I applaud Nova Scotia Power and its employees for doing their part to help ensure this province becomes the safest place to work in Canada," said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. "Leadership in workplace safety is exactly what is needed to start making real changes. We all have an important role to play in keeping our workplaces safe.”
“Nova Scotia Power is demonstrating the visible safety leadership our province needs,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. “Throughout the organization employees are putting safety first, and that commitment is reflected in their commendable safety performance.”
Nova Scotia Power employees achieved other safety milestones throughout the year. Having each reached one-million hours worked without a lost time injury in recent years, the company’s Eastern Territory Field Operations and Tufts Cove teams surpassed 1.4 million hours and 1.3 million hours, respectively, in 2013.
“Nova Scotia Power employees have once again shown that safety is a shared responsibility,” said Jeff Richardson, Business Manager for Local 1928 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “We are very proud of our members and their co-workers at Nova Scotia Power for continuing to work together toward world class safety.”
Across Nova Scotia and at all levels of the company, the 1,700 dedicated employees have developed a culture of safety through consistent and ongoing training and workshops, risk assessment and preparedness, and the use of best safety practices in every aspect of their work.