Southern Company system employees routinely work near energized wires, intense heat, nuclear fuel, heavy equipment, moving vehicles, pressurized pipes and under other conditions that require exceptional safety measures and awareness. Understandably, safety is a core value throughout our company.
We practice Target Zero, a company philosophy aimed at creating an environment for achieving and sustaining safety excellence. Our goal is to complete "every day, every job, safely." We use various metrics to track and trend our progress toward our ultimate goal of achieving zero injuries (thus the name, "Target Zero").
Safety briefings are the first order of business at employee meetings. Employees who routinely work in high-risk environments start each job that way. No matter the job function or the level of risk involved, every Southern Company system employee is reminded often that working safely is a requirement. Here are some key philosophies for our company.
- Before each job, we identify hazards and determine how to avoid them. We go over safety details with all employees who will perform the work.
- While working, we watch out for each other and take action to correct unsafe conditions or behaviors when identified.
- Reporting safety concerns is appreciated and protected, to remove any fear from employees to do so and to encourage open communication.
Since the introduction of Target Zero in 2005, the Southern Company system has reduced the rate of injuries to employees by 68 percent. During 2015, 99.35 percent of Southern Company system employees worked injury-free. In 2015, our recordable incidence rate was 0.61 and our lost-workday case rate was 0.15. But Target Zero is not just about numbers, it is about people. Our ultimate objective is to create an environment where our employees work injury-free, every day on every job.
Many people take electricity for granted, like air or water. But electricity is potentially very dangerous. It's a tremendous force moving at the speed of light generated and controlled in power lines and equipment.
- According to the National Safety Council, every year in the U.S. there are approximately 12,000 electricity-related accidents resulting in more than 500 deaths. Knowing a few simple safety principles can save you from injury or death.
- People conduct electricity, just like water and metals.
- Electricity travels to the ground the easiest way it can. Avoid stepping where it could potentially travel through you.
- Electricity moves almost instantaneously — at the speed of light; there is no time to react.
- Downed power lines are especially dangerous. Electrical wires are normally isolated but they are not insulated. If downed lines are charged, the electricity can move through virtually anything nearby. Stay well away from downed power lines.