LA7 Severity Rate (Employees)

Number of calendar days lost per 200,000 hours worked

F2007

F2008

F2009

F2010

F2011

F2012

Target

29

25

25

23

20

17

Actual

31.4

39.3

32.0

18.8

22.2

 


Severity is a standard Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) measure and is defined as the number of calendar days lost due to injury per 200,000 hours worked. One or two injuries can have a major impact on severity.

Severity performance for fiscal 2011 is slightly above target and the fiscal 2011 target for Severity Rate was not achieved. The Severity Rate of 22.2 is higher than the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Severity Composite Rate.

This metric, does not include fatal incidents. In August 2010, BC Hydro experienced a fatal incident which occurred at the Cranbrook Substation, resulting in the death of a journeyman electrician.

In order to address serious incidents, BC Hydro has continued to focus its safety efforts on ensuring hazards are identified and barriers provided, through the four pillars of the Corporate Safety Plan: Job Planning, Job Observation, Incident Investigation, and Safety by Design. In addition, the company has struck a Taskforce to review and make recommendations to improve safety performance in areas of high hazard work.