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2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report

13 Safety – At Our Core Horizon Utilities’ commitment to public and employee safety is unwavering. Safety is a core value of our organization and is clearly demonstrated in our stringent safety protocols and training. Key decision makers from all departments, including senior management and union representatives, actively participate in our Joint Health & Safety Committee. Our reputation for safety is backed by a solid track record on lost time due to injury. In the field, every employee starts each job attending a ‘tailboard’ meeting, fully reviewing potential safety hazards and procedures. We maintain sufficient numbers and an appropriate mix of journeypersons and apprentices to ensure we have a pool of qualified and trained workers to complete jobs safely now and into the future. Horizon has implemented a leading safety management software system to improve its safety performance, ensure compliance, track its successes and document mitigation options. This information is readily shared across the organization. 2014 was the first full year using the software and we are realizing the benefits by leveraging more of its prevention and educational opportunities. In addition, we are able to assess our performance with both leading and lagging indicators. Horizon Utilities continues to strive for excellence in Occupational Health and Safety with our journey towards certification in the Canadian Standards Association’s CSA Z1000 program. The implementation of this best practice standard will enable the organization to continuously improve its safety performance. The program will reduce or prevent occupational injuries and illnesses by identifying and then eliminating or controlling all preventable occupational health and safety hazards and risks. In our facilities, we are designing and executing with health and safety in mind, including ergonomic workstations and prayer rooms. Horizon again developed a wellness and safety calendar with a focus on both home and work. The bottom line is a well-earned reputation for safeguarding our employees, our customers and our communities. “Howell’n Mouse-staches”, Horizon Utilities’ Movember team, raised $1,050 for men’s health research 811,000 hours without a lost-time injury (January – December 2014)


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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