Working with electricity and natural gas can be hazardous to your health. So we take extra precautions to stay safe—for the sake of our customers and families. You should too. Safety is deeply ingrained in our culture. It’s featured in detailed policies and procedures, rules and regulations, ongoing oversight and improvement initiatives. Safety 24/7 is our mantra. It’s even written in our body mechanics. That’s why more than a dozen athletic trainers are available to meet with employees to ensure they have the strength and flexibility necessary to do their work safely.
Consumers Energy, anybody can stop a job if they’re concerned about safety. We call this policy “Stop the Job: Take a Timeout for Safety.” The initiative empowers everyone from management to a trainee to make the call. Meanwhile, we’re always undergoing safety training to stay sharp. The Slippery Surface Simulator helps reduce slips and falls, especially when paired with ice cleats. We’re also provided emergency training, like CPR and AED certification training. For those efforts, Consumers Energy was awarded the Dr. Charles Drew Lifesaver Award from the American Red Cross. Constant vigilance is required to keep everyone safe. We’ve made significant progress in recent years, as noted below in the DART (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred Rate) chart. Our last fatality was in 2012. 2016 was the safest year in company history and improved 31% over our previous best year of 2015. We received an accident prevention certification from the American Gas Association for our safety record.