Basin Electric takes steps to create safety culture

Basin Electric has an above-average safety record. The numbers say so.

Good enough, right? WRONG. Ask the employees who were involved in those incidents, and ask their families, if above-average statistics made wrenched knees or strained backs feel any better.

Zero incidents every dayIt’s time for a change, an evolution really, from incident reaction to culture creation. Basin Electric is taking steps toward a safety culture intended to drive the cooperative to zero incidents every day.

The plan is featured in the July-August 2013 issue of Basin Today: Zero incidents every day: Cooperative takes steps to create safety culture

Read an excerpt:

In the 2012 Basin Electric annual report, CEO and General Manager Andrew M. Serri laid out the challenges and opportunities facing the cooperative as his “lights on the tree,” with safety as the brightest among them. “It must be at the heart of everything we do, 24/7/365. We have a strong safety record, but until we have zero incidents, we can do better,” he said.

The journey to zero starts with instilling safety as a value at every level of the cooperative. To do that, Basin Electric has enlisted Caterpillar Safety Services to implement the Zero-Incident Performance, or ZIP™ Process cooperative-wide. …

Caterpillar Safety will lead Basin Electric through the six steps of the ZIP Process, with the ultimate goal of involving all levels of the cooperative in creating sustainable change. They bring to the table experience from working with dozens of companies across the country, many in the electric utility and chemical industries. Read more…

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