While National Safety Month brings attention to key safety issues in June, Safety Zero is our year-round commitment to achieving zero accidents, incidents or injuries. Employees at two Luminant sites are safely powering Texas right into the record books.
The team at Luminant’s Big Brown Power Plant recently achieved two years without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration-recordable injury – that’s more than 500,000 hours worked without any employee receiving an injury requiring treatment as minor as a prescription medication or stitches.
It’s the longest continuous run throughout Luminant’s history within the lignite fleet.
“I attribute this in a large part to BBS – behavior based safety program,” says Brett Amheiser, director of operations at Big Brown. “BBS is really about looking out for each other and identifying an unsafe behavior, unsafe conditions and addressing them before somebody gets hurt.”
This streak of no OSHA-recordables is one of the highest safety distinctions.
The Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute awarded Luminant’s Three Oaks Mine its 2014 Safety Award for Large Operator Surface Mine. The award is presented annually to the mine with the lowest rate of incidents as reported to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Three Oaks Mine was selected from among peers in the eight-state region for its record of “outstanding and ongoing safety performance” while engaged in substantial production through 2013.
“Three Oaks Mine’s total zero incident rate puts you at the head of the pack that is increasingly getting better each year,” RMCMI Executive Director Judy Colgan wrote in an award letter to Three Oaks Mine Director Michael Morriss. “Your continued safety performance is truly remarkable and deserves this recognition.”