Veolia Water North America Achieves Record Employee Safety Levels

Feb. 26, 2010
Company’s Lost-Time Incidence Rate measures 0.6 versus BLS average of 2.1

Veolia Water North America, a provider of municipal and industrial water and wastewater partnerships, set a new safety record for the fourth consecutive year.

The company’s Lost-Time Incidence Rate--injuries or illnesses resulting in time away from work--was 0.6 versus a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average of 2.1. Statistically speaking, Veolia Water’s LTIR results were 78% better than the national average.

Veolia Water’s Recordable Incidence Rate (RIR) was 2.9, versus a BLS average of 9.0. RIR includes medical treatment, restrictions and transfers, and lost-time injuries or illnesses. Veolia Water’s RIR performance was approximately 68% better than the national average.

More than 80% of Veolia Water North America projects had no Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable injuries in 2009 and 95% of the organization’s projects celebrated “no lost-time accident” milestones in 2009, ranging from one to 25 years.

“Part of the advantage of being a Veolia Water employee is having a safe working environment,” said Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water Americas. “We are committed to the safety of our employees and the public first and foremost, and our track record proves it.”

“Veolia Water is a company that recognizes the front-line employee is the foundation for its success,” said Robert Reed, president of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, S.E.I.U. Chapter 131, and an employee with Veolia Water Indianapolis. “I see that firsthand because the company has multiple training programs, face-to-face safety meetings, weekly safety reminders, safety tailgate meetings and ongoing safety training and programs. The health and welfare of their employees is clearly a core value at Veolia Water.”

Source: Veolia Water North America