At TransCanada, we talk a lot about safety. We live it every day; it’s a core component of our culture and has been for over 60 years.
TransCanada has recently been recognized for its industry-leading safety performance, this time with an award that measures a company’s ability to minimize workplace absences due to injuries or illness.
The safety metric known as the Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate shows, in any given year, how many workplace injuries and illnesses caused employees to be absent from work, be restricted in their work activities or get transferred to another job because they were unable to do their usual job.
TransCanada’s U.S. operations recently received the Liberty Mutual Gold Safety Award, which is presented to companies that have a DART rate at least 80 per cent better than the industry average.
Over a one-year period between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, TransCanada had no DART cases in the United States, and achieved a DART rate of zero. The industry average for that same period was 6.4.
The award is a significant one and not easily attainable. Boston-based Liberty Mutual is one of the largest underwriters of workers compensation in the United States.
They have been providing workers compensation coverage for TransCanada’s U.S. operations since 2010 and are also a provider of various insurance and loss control services for TransCanada’s operations.
The DART rate recognized by Liberty Mutual is considered a leading safety performance indicator because it doesn’t just measure a company’s success in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses; it also measures what is being done to help employees recover from such incidents and, ideally, remain employed throughout that recovery process.
Darnell Jones, senior risk analyst at TransCanada describes it this way: “If an employee does have an injury or illness that impacts the ability to work, we will modify his or her work activities and, if at all possible, ensure they don’t have to leave the work environment.
“It’s all about having a solid return-to-work program where you work with the employee for a result that benefits everyone involved.”
For example, if an employee has an injury that would interfere with their regular duties, TransCanada’s managers will work with that employee to find other duties they can perform to ensure they can continue working and contribute to the overall success of the company.
Maintaining an industry-leading safety record is a process that includes best-in-class practices and making sure safety is an integral part of employee training and evaluation.
Jones believes the DART award also reflects the priority TransCanada places on workplace health and safety. “This is another indication of the safety-conscious culture and environment that exists at every level of this company,” said Jones.
Learn more about some of TransCanada’s health and safety programs for employees.