At Luminant, safety is always our top priority and zero injuries is always the goal. We live by a commitment to Safety Zero, which means zero incidents, accidents, injuries, near misses and zero acceptance for unsafe acts and behaviors.
Achieving zero doesn’t just happen. It requires a collective commitment of every employee, according to Cliff Watson, Luminant vice president of power services.
“Safety Zero is not just a catchy campaign slogan. It is our culture, our commitment and our number one priority at Luminant – above everything else,” Watson said. “Over time, our employees have embraced the Safety Zero culture and are achieving top safety performance by using human performance improvement tools and performing their jobs as true professionals – the Luminant Way.”
Thanks to their steadfast commitment to zero, Luminant employees across the company recently achieved numerous significant safety milestones:
Oak Grove Power Plant employees reached two years with no OSHA recordables (May 2016)
Big Brown Power Plant employees marked four years with no OSHA recordables (May 2016)
As a company, Luminant also marked its safest year in history in 2015, due in large part to the safety record of the mining team.
“This level of safety excellence is a testament to our employees’ sustained commitment to achieve Safety Zero,” said Michael Barley, Luminant safety manager. “While June is celebrated as National Safety Month, we live each day with safety top of mind. We’re continuously striving for zero and we look for opportunities for further strengthen our safety culture.”
Spotlighting Safety: For Luminant’s mining team, safety is about learning and improving every day. Watch a recent Eye on Luminant video to find out how their processes have evolved over the years to help them achieve top safety performance.
At the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) annual conference this week, international security analyst Keren Elazari’s presentation challenged electric utilities to hire “friendly hackers” to help test and secure their systems from cyberattacks. Elazari stated that while the utility industry is working hard on this issue, there is more to be done. She says “Focus not just on who and why, but more on how and when an attack will strike your organization. Watch the attacks on other sectors and look for patterns.” Elazari advised that by sharing, collaborating and innovating with “friendly hackers,” the industry can prevent potential threats before they occur.
Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the International Monetary Fund, Newsweek released a map with the 50 U.S. states renamed for countries with similar GDPs. In this map, Texas, the country’s second largest state economy, is shown to have a similar GDP as Brazil. In 2015, Texas produced $1.64 trillion of economic output placing it behind California with an economic output of $2.44 trillion. Texas is ranked as the world’s 10th largest economy.
Safety means everything to Tyler Burkhalter. As a mobile equipment specialist and a BBS steering committee member, Tyler focuses on using teamwork and good communication to achieve operational excellence, while keeping safety top of mind. Watch the latest Job One Profile to see how his passion for safety is keeping his crew safe.
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Displaying a steadfast commitment to safety, continuous improvement and teamwork, Luminant’s Sandow Power Plant employees and nearly 75 first responders, recently tested their emergency skills during a simulated disaster drill. The full-scale drill at Sandow plant in Milam County was the first of its kind for the area and brought together local, county, regional and state response agencies.
The drill scenario centered on a simulated diesel line explosion that caused property damage, a fire, several fake injuries and an anhydrous ammonia leak. The simulation tested not only the coordination and response of the outside agencies, but also Sandow employees’ capabilities.