Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. recently achieved a significant safety milestone by passing seven consecutive years without a lost workday injury case. Osmose services include the inspection and rehabilitation of utility poles and T&D system infrastructure for utility companies throughout North America. Osmose personnel also provide storm recovery services, helping utilities respond to damage caused by hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters. Despite the hazards often associated with such work, Osmose employees have logged more than 19.5 million safe work hours over the past seven years!
"An accomplishment as tremendous as this doesn't happen simply by chance. It takes the dedication to safe work habits by everyone at every level of the organization. While we believe that all injuries can be prevented, incidents occur from time to time. It takes active management on the part of supervision and staff, as well as engaging the individual involved, to keep a minor incident from developing into something much worse" said Osmose Safety Director, Michael Peters.
Safety is part of the Osmose culture, and it's prevalent throughout the organization - from each and every crew in the field, to the managers throughout the organization. The Osmose safety program stresses training, education, communication, and personal accountability.
Utility companies expect their service providers to work safely at all times, even under the most difficult circumstances, and Osmose delivers on that expectation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011), the average electric utility in the U.S. carries a Total Recordable Injury Rating (TRIR) of 3.2. A rating below 2.0 is considered excellent. Osmose currently carries a TRIR well below 2.0 for 2013 year-to-date!