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Safety and health

Our focus on safety and health goes beyond our typical workspaces, which can range from an office environment to a generation plant or the top of a power pole. We emphasize safety and health for our employees’ total life — at work and at home.

SAFETY Declining incident rates

Our Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident rate has been steadily declining — dropping 24 percent between 2009 and 2013. Rates for lost workdays and days away from work, restricted or transferred have also declined. These numbers are encouraging because it means fewer employees are being injured.


OSHA recordable incidents rate* DART rate* (days away, restricted or transferred) LWD rate* (lost workdays) Fatalities

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 5.78 2.92 1.68 0

5.61 3.09 1.92 0

4.99 3.17 1.81 0

4.85 2.84 1.71 0

*Number of incidents per 100 employees and contingent workers who report to PGE management (assuming 2,000 hours per employee per year).

Find more data related to our safety records in the Key Metrics Summary.

4.39 2.42 1.50 0

Shifting our culture to be more safety-oriented is complex and takes time. But it’s worth it when our employees return home without injury to their families every day.

Reporting made easy PGE SAFETY RULES TO LIVE BY

1. Wear appropriate arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE). 2. Follow all electrical safety testing and grounding rules. 3. Follow approachable working clearance/cover rules. 4. Follow all fall protection rules. 5. Follow all lock-out/tag-out rules and procedures. 6. Follow confined space and enclosed space entry requirements.

In 2013, we launched an online tool that makes it easier for employees and contingent workers to report safety incidents, near misses and hazard concerns, or to offer suggestions and recognize safe behavior.

This system allows us to track incidents, spot trends and address concerns before they lead to an injury. With the rollout of this system, we’re partnering with union representatives to ensure that employees who report a near miss aren’t disciplined.

Aiming for zero employee injuries Despite improvements in our incident rates, we still believe too many of our employees are being hurt. The work we do can be dangerous, but we refuse to believe that means we can’t keep our employees safe.

We are working to instill a belief that an injury-free workplace can be a reality and are amplifying our focus on safety through communications, training and by shifting the conversation from lagging indicators (injury rates) to leading indicators (reporting and learning from near misses).

In 2011, we conducted a culture assessment in the area of our company where most injuries occur to understand employees’ perceptions and how they might affect our safety performance. In 2014, we reassessed, and while the results aren’t what we’d like them to be, the candid feedback we received was invaluable.

Goal: 0 employee injuries

HEALTH We want employees to be healthy both at work and at home. In addition to competitive health benefits, generous paid time off and both short- and long-term disability insurance, we offer a number of free health-related tools and resources

for employees: • Health screenings and flu shots • On-site company nurses • Access to nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat minor medical conditions via video chat

• An on-site seasonal farmers market at our headquarters to help encourage healthy eating

• Health and fitness programs that help encourage a healthy lifestyle outside of work

We’re developing a

tradition that all staff meetings begin with a safety focus where employees share safety-related tips.


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