Keeping an unwavering focus on zero injuries for more than 8,000 consecutive days, employees at Luminant’s Monticello Power Plant in northeast Texas recently achieved 23 years without a lost-time injury. The milestone is the equivalent of 11.7 million work hours without lost time, a new company record for all Luminant sites.
Charles Koudelka, Monticello plant director, believes the site’s record is a reflection of the employees’ commitment to continuous safety improvement.
“Our team has a strong sense of ownership and accountability in our safety processes,” Koudelka says. “By using tools such as such as Human Performance and Improvement and behavior-based safety observations, we’re strengthening our Safety Zero culture and building upon our legacy of safety excellence.”
Safety has been top of mind for more than 200 plant employees since the milestone began in July 1992. Over the past 12 years, employees have also performed more than 20,000 behavior-based safety observations.
“I’m particularly proud of the resiliency of our team,” Koudelka says. “Whether Monticello is operating fulltime or seasonally, our employees are committed to looking out for each other and making safety their top priority.
In addition to Monticello, several Luminant sites are also celebrating recent no lost-time safety streaks. Morgan Creek Power Plant in west Texas achieved 31 years on July 17, while Trinidad Power Plant in Henderson County achieved 35 years on June 27.