Business Performance

Zero Harm Is Achievable

We know zero harm is achievable because various AEP locations have done it. In 2012, this list included a variety of power plants (Clinch River, Glen Lyn, Mountaineer, Sporn, Tanners Creek, Muskingum River, and most plants owned by Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Company) as well as operating companies.

We are committed to what we call "zero harm" - zero fatalities, zero injuries.

For PSO, 2012 was its first calendar year without any lost workday events. In fact, it was the first year in the company’s 100-year history that it achieved zero harm. The magnitude of this achievement is highlighted by the intense heat of last summer, when temperatures sometimes reached 105 to 115 degrees. Work groups took special measures to ensure safety during this period; some departments adjusted schedules to allow employees to start and end their shifts earlier to avoid working during the hottest part of the day.

Other achievements across AEP included:

  • Three operations managed by our Fuel, Emissions and Logistics organization completed 2012 with no recordable or severity events.
  • Kentucky Power’s vehicle fleet group completed 15 years without a recordable event.
  • Indiana Michigan Power’s Michigan District last November observed four injury-free years – the first among all AEP operating company districts to claim this distinction.
  • AEP Ohio’s Line Department in Fremont worked over nine years without a recordable event.
  • 52 AEP Transmission employees in Laredo, Texas recorded perfect performance for safety in 2012.
  • Flint Creek Power Plant in Arkansas marked 2 million employee hours without a lost time accident, a safety milestone set between October 1996 and July 2012.

Achieving a culture where watching out for each other is second nature and employees are comfortable reporting potentially unsafe working situations is key to realizing these results.

Closing Bell at the NYSE

AEP CEO Nick Akins was among a group of executives to ring the closing bell at the NYSE at the close of 2012 COMMIT!Forum in New York City.

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