We expect AEP contractors to share our value of zero harm when they are working for us. We challenge them to keep improving their performance, and we provide training and tools to help them. It is important to us because our contractors’ safety performance can affect AEP’s reputation and risk profile.
We have set Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident rate targets through 2016 for our major contractors in construction, maintenance and other physical work. Targets also have been instituted for contractors serving individual business units.
AEP’s major contractors outperformed the target recordable rate in 2013 by a considerable margin (1.39 actual performance versus 1.60 target). However, this performance was overshadowed by two contractor fatalities.
AEP has been a key player in an industrywide effort to hold contractors accountable to the same safety performance standards as utilities. Many of our contractors voluntarily enter their safety statistics in a database available for utilities to view. In addition to giving contractors clear direction and expectations for safety performance in our industry, the database allows us to monitor their performance and to be proactive if we notice troubling events or trends.