Staying Safe, Together

Safety is more than a priority at OG&E, it’s a value.

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Our Safety Culture

Our company-wide belief that one incident is too many underpins our safety culture. Guided by our safety principles, at work, at home, at play, and behind the wheel, we’re committed to providing a safe workplace for our employees, and a safe environment for our customers and communities.

OG&E’s Safety Journey
Since adopting our “one incident is too many” philosophy in 2007, we’ve seen a sustained decline in our incident rate, with the last five years being the safest years in our history.
Bar chart showing the OG&E’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration incident rate for 2007-2020.
Total Recordable Incident Rate is a U.S. measure of occupational safety and health, useful for comparing working conditions in workplaces and industries. It is calculated by combining the actual number of safety incidents and total work hours of all employees with a standard employee group (100 employees working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year).

Long Description for Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recordable Incident Rate 2007 – 2020 Bar Chart

Overview

The bar graph chart shows OG&E's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recordable Incident Rate 2007 – 2020. The Total Recordable Incident Rate is a U.S. measure of occupational safety and health, useful for comparing working conditions in workplaces and industries. It is calculated by combining the actual number of safety incidents and total work hours of all employees with a standard employee group (100 employees working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year). 

Values

Numerical values presented on the chart image:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recordable Incident Rate 2007 – 2020
Year Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)
2007 3.88
2008 2.54
2009 2.25
2010 1.7
2011 1.61
2012 1.26
2013 1.09
2014 1.27
2015 1.14
2016 .082
2017 0.82
2018 0.39
2019 0.89
2020 0.68

Presentation

The bar graph chart represents OG&E's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recordable Incident Rate from 2007-2020.  Each year is represented with a vertically ascending bar indicating the rate of recordable incidents per year.

Spotlight
Our Impact
Top Performer
Our incident and injury rates are among the lowest of our peers in the Southeastern Electric Exchange.
Safety Leader
We’ve reduced our OSHA incident rate by 82 percent since 2007.
Training Champion
Each employee receives personalized training and resources that support our safety culture. 
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Building a Robust Health and Safety System

OG&E’s Health & Safety Management System helps our managers, supervisors, and employees achieve safety excellence. This system includes operating standards, policies, life-saving rules, processes, procedures, data, technology, and regular audits. We have many safety committees across all levels and functions of the company that focus on high-quality safety training programs, hazard and risk identification and mitigation, and annual safety improvement targets for employees. OG&E teams perform situational workspace safety audits and self-audits.

Our Life-Saving Rules

Our Health & Safety Policy

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Keeping Our Contractors Safe
At OG&E, we ensure that contractor performance meets or exceeds our safety standards. We provide a Contractor Reference Guide and Supplier Code of Conduct and have safety pre-screening performance requirements for all of our contractors. We use a leading contractor management software, ISNetworld, to manage risk, support sustainability, and strengthen relationships through regular performance reporting and contractor screening. In the field, our health and safety staff monitor contractor performance and conduct regular audits.
Recognizing Safety Performance
Recognizing our employees’ safety successes is part of our safety culture. Every employee without an incident or injury is personally recognized each year. Our proactive recognition system empowers leaders to reward employees who go above and beyond encompassing our living safely value. We also present an annual President’s Safety Excellence Award to a work group for having the lowest and most improved incident rate that year and a Safety Excellence Career Achievement Award to one employee who has demonstrated a constant and long-term commitment to safety.
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Emergency Preparedness

Our FEMA-based Incident Command System enables robust planning and effective staffing so we can restore power as quickly and safely as possible and continue to provide service to our communities during storms and other disasters. Since 1999, the Edison Electric Institute has recognized our emergency response efforts 11 times during large-scale power restoration events affecting the OG&E system.

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Providing Mutual Assistance
OG&E is a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance and Southeast Electrical Exchange, which dispatches mutual assistance teams across the nation during widespread outages caused by storms, including Hurricanes Irma and Ida, and Superstorm Sandy. Whether we’re working in our service area or assisting other electric utilities, one thing remains the same – our commitment to safety. We have been recognized by the Edison Electric Institute eight times since 1999 for assisting other utilities in their power restoration efforts following major storms.
Related to Safety at OG&E
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Stop Work
When concerned about health or safety hazards, each employee and contractor has the right — and responsibility — to stop or place a hold on an operation immediately. Reporting such action may not result in repercussions. 
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OG&E Athlete

We’re committed to the wellbeing of our employees. Our newest program engages employees in warming up muscles using preventative movements. Since launching the program, participants have experienced a 70 percent reduction in sprain and strain injuries.

Examples of safety coins.
Safety Coins
Safety coins are a source of Big Orange pride and a symbol of our valued safety culture. Each year, employees and their families submit coin designs and vote for their favorite. Employees carry their coin as a reminder of our commitment to an incident and injury-free workplace.