OUR GOAL: ZERO ACCIDENTS
Safety is a value that is fundamental to our culture. SCE has earned an industry-leading record of achieving zero lost-time incidents on projects worldwide. Year after year, our zero accidents philosophy helps put our safety performance right at the top of the industry.
At SCE, we believe that every accident, and therefore every injury, is preventable, and we embed that philosophy into every SCE project through a combination of technical field procedures and ongoing training programs. Every employee has stop-work authority—if it's not safe, don't do it. We also ask our subcontractors and partners to adopt our commitment to safety and health. The result is exceptional safety performance, even in hazardous work environments, severe weather, and remote locations.
Our dedication to safety helps keep our workers and subcontractors safe on high risk projects throughout the world. At SCE, we are committed to our people going home to their families safely at the end of each day.
SCE maintains an EMR of .760
Nearly 1.3 million people die every year from vehicle-related incidents, and up to 50 million are injured. In an effort to improve safety on the road, the United Nations has marked 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. SCE is contributing to that effort. In 2013, we enhanced our driving program to include GPS equipment to monitor speed and safe driving. Since its inception, speeding has decreased by 65%. Additionally, SCE has prohibited talking or using cellphones and electronic devices while driving a company vehicle or driving for company business.
Through more robust planning for potential consequences, especially those associated with higher-risk activities, we will better protect our workforce from unacceptable risks. Our analysis of safety incidents and lessons learned in the past several years has led us to embrace the importance of recognizing and reacting to the potential and actual outcomes of an incident. Through careful analysis, we learned that a subset of incidents, usually associated with higher-risk activities, has the potential to become serious injuries or fatalities. This awareness enables teams to better focus efforts on those activities.
The journey to safety excellence requires us to seek opportunities to continuously improve our approaches to the prevention of injuries and illnesses. In this regard, our analysis indicates that human factors continue to be primary contributors to incidents. We have learned that this, in part, has to do with the personal choices each of us makes to either accept or reject risk. At SCE, Safety is our culture and weaved into our daily way of life.
SCE maintains a proactive safety training program with rigorous training for our employees. All SCE employees are trained in OSHA 1910.120 HAZWOPER and Loss Prevention Safety (LPS). In addition, our highly skilled employees complete over 30 hours of continuing education training throughout the year. Our 2016 trainings include trenching and shoring, lead awareness, confined space, electrical safety, aerial lift training, ladder safety, lock out / tag out, safe trailering and many others. At SCE, we continually strive to make our company a safe and prosperous place to work.
Gold Shovel Certification
SCE maintains the Gold Shovel Certification. As reflected in the Association’s literature, “The mission of the Gold Shovel Standard is to both certify that excavators and locators have adopted standard safety management elements into their excavating processes and create and deploy the infrastructure to quantitatively measure and communicate their success in doing so.” The Standard was developed to counter the impact of excavating companies who take shortcuts, jeopardize the safety of the nation’s network of underground utlities, and undercut the pricing of those who follow best practices. An increasing number of the nation’s largest contractors and developers demand Gold Shovel certification and SCE is proud to be at the forefront of this emerging quality and safety standard. Monthly safety assessments and continual training on best practices, utility markouts, and incident response are benchmarks of the program.