Safety & Human Performance

Safety

PGE maintains rigorous safety guidelines for our employees’ and clients’ protection.

PGE is committed to providing both our clients and employees with a safe and secure work environment. Power plant safety training saves lives and helps reduce the severity of injury associated with accidents. As such, PGE is committed to providing our employees with resources and power plant safety training programs that reduce or eliminate personal and economic loss associated with injuries and health hazards.

PGE maintains a stringent safety program consisting of monthly safety training meetings and oversight provided by PGE’s Safety & Human Performance Manager.

 

 

Safety Training

Upon on-boarding, all PGE employees complete the standardized OSHA safety training (including the T & D Baseline and Substation specific courses) through PowerSafe.

Each year, field personnel are required to complete an eight-hour safety training course, and office personnel must complete a four-hour course. Should a client require additional safety standards be met for an engineer or technician working on their project, PGE will ensure they receive the additional training.

 

Safety Meetings

Each month, PGE holds a safety meeting in which all attendance is mandatory for employees. Safety meetings are approximately 30 minutes long and employees must complete 12 safety meetings per year. In the event that an employee cannot attend a safety meeting, they’ll be required to attend a make-up safety meeting.

“Safety around the clock” is an important company core value and as such, safety meeting attendance is part of each employee’s annual goals. Non-attendance will affect an employee’s annual evaluation.

Safety Around the Clock

At Power Grid Engineering (PGE), we’re committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, customers and the surrounding community. As such at PGE, we’ve established “Safety Around the Clock” as a company core value. Whether at work or at home, power plant safety remains a priority for PGE and is everyone’s responsibility.

To successfully achieve this objective, we will continue to center our strategic focus on these key safety principles:

The Value of PGE Safety

Worker safety is an indispensable element of productivity, quality and cost control. To manage operational, health and safety risks, we deliver a full range of field safety programs including, but not limited to:

  • Job Specific Health and Safety Plan - Our safety team creates a job specific Health and Safety Plan (HASP) that covers all aspects of the job from a safety perspective and includes special hazards, operations or activities, as well as the corrective actions or steps that must be taken to eliminate the hazards.
  • Weekly Site Inspection Reports - We verify general safety practices by inspecting against customer, state, OSHA Electrical Safety and NFPA 70E guidelines. We provide weekly site safety inspections conducted by our safety and opera on leadership team. Our commitment to safe working practices extends beyond our work areas and employees. All PGE employees have the authority and responsibility to stop any unsafe acts or behaviors that is witnessed while working on any site.
  • Monthly Safety Reports - Our monthly reports will track any incidents including near misses, first aids, recordable, operational events and property damage while working on our clients’ sites. These reports assist customers with contractor reporting required by federal, state and local regulatory agencies.
  • Trained Workforce – We ensure that all employees have proper training in recognizing electrical equipment opera on standards. All PGE employees are required to complete the company’s risk-based safety training. We train new and existing employees on the company’s expectations, procedures and tactics for delivering the highest safety results, to include OSHA 10/30, Electrical Safety (NFPA 70E), CPR/AED and Defensive Driving
  • Accomplishments – Ameren Contractor Safety Leadership Award, ICW Group Safety Excellence Award, One Million Man-Hours Worked with Zero Recordable Injuries.

 

Safety Culture Highlights

Effective Leadership and Commitment

We believe the way to achieve safety excellence is through operational ownership. Operational ownership means that Power Grid Engineering holds its managers accountable for the integrity of the operations they supervise. Our safety experts support and guide the safety and compliance programs, but the company expects
its operations managers to take the lead. We ensure operational commitment through the following components:

  • Constant reviews of managers’ safety and reliability performance
  • Comprehensive safety inspections and audits
  • Training for new managers
  • Surveys where employees anonymously evaluate leadership commitment

Continuous Improvement of Management System

 As a company founded on quality, it’s our duty to apply safety analytics, hazard/risk reduction techniques and governance systems to every aspect of our operations.

Training and Competency of Our Employee Workforce

All PGE employees are required to complete the company’s risk-based safety training. We train new and existing employees on the company’s expectations, procedures and tactics for delivering the highest safety results.  

Providing Mechanisms for Employees to Provide Feedback

Operational ownership requires trust and partnership between leadership and employees. That’s why we conduct periodic, anonymous safety perception surveys. These surveys ask employees questions designed to measure their engagement, their views of the safety at their workplace and their impressions of our commitment to safety. We hold operation leaders accountable for results. 

Continuous Improvement of Processes to Mitigate Risk

We understand that safety improvements never really end as we pursue safety excellence. We’re committed to the continuous evaluation of opportunities for improvement — ensuring that safety aligns with business goals, delivers results and drives innovation/engagement.  

Verification of Performance through Robust Inspections

Our approach to auditing focuses on rewarding (rather than punishing) operations for discovering and correcting compliance and process gaps.

Customer Partnership

Our customers often conduct high-risk operations in challenging environments. We’re committed to helping our business partners deliver on their own safety expectations by aligning our programs with theirs. We find that this is the best way to achieve no harm.  

Dedicated Safety Professionals

 We’re committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace for our employees and customers as well as observe all job site, state and federal laws and regulations. Our safety team comes from several different industries and has over 25 years of experience in the areas of transmission and distribution, oil and gas, power generation, warehousing, subgrade construction and material handling.

 

We’ve established a safety program designed to continually improve through routine self-evaluations, training, management support and employee participation. As such, our employees understand the importance of a positive/proactive safety culture.

No employee is required to work at a job that he or she feels is unsafe and has the authority to “Stop Work”. Therefore, it’s our priority to make every workplace safe by detecting and correcting unsafe working conditions, as well as the discovery and resolution of unsafe work practices.