Distinguishing ourselves in workplace safety excellence

Distinguishing ourselves in workplace safety excellence

  As a company, we maintain the safety-oriented mindset that a little extra effort today can prevent tragedy tomorrow.  Workplace safety being one of our primary goals at United Water; we are pleased with our progress on this area over the last year, particularly in comparison to the industry averages across the water and sewer sectors reflected in the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ (BLS) most recent report. In 2013, we outperformed our water industry and municipal peers in workplace safety.  We realized a 40 percent decline in workplace accidents or injuries that resulted in lost time.  We now have less than half of these accidents than a company that meets the industry average has. This is consistent with United Water’s 5-year trend in the right direction. What’s more is that 85 of our facilities even went the whole year without a single workplace accident that resulted in time away from work. Statistics pertaining to less severe incidents came in at an impressive 43 percent less than the most recently published national average for state and local governments and 35 percent less than the water and sewer sector.  Measured by the Recordable Incident Rate, this data includes injuries involving medical treatment and restrictions. We believe that these impressive results stem directly from the time and energy our employees have dedicated to workplace safety. Over the course of the last year, our 2,250 employees amassed a total of 51,894 safety training hours, which divides out to about 23 hours per person. We want to keep upping the ante for ourselves and fulfill the goals we set for ourselves with the...
Leaving nothing to waste in Edmonton

Leaving nothing to waste in Edmonton

Hunting practices that use all of a hunted animal’s body parts so as to leave no waste come to mind when you hear about the state-of-the-art waste management operations – or lifestyle really – that exist in Alberta, Canada’s capital city of Edmonton. Our Canadian sister company, SENA Waste Services, is excited to have been selected to operate and maintain the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, the largest waste processing and research facility in North America.  Our team is eager to expand its presence in the community of Edmonton, which is one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Waste disposal is a challenge for many booming urban areas; nearly 70 percent of the earth’s population dwells in highly concentrated city environments.   In the U.S., for example, the average amount of waste generated by residence has tripled since 1960.  Americans generate between 250 and 400 million tons of garbage each year — approximately enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks each day! Sustainable cities like Edmonton are tackling waste management head-on.  Currently, 60% of municipal waste is diverted away from landfills through composting and recycling.  Residents can recycle at depots throughout the City.  An electronic waste facility breaks down relics of innovation, such as 8-tracks, CD players and fax machines.  The remaining landfill waste has an afterlife as well.  Organic waste is converted to electricity, producing enough to power 4,600 homes. Edmonton is living proof that for an innovative and rapidly growing region of about 1.2 million people, sustainable development is not only possible, but economical.  Sustainable development is a regional economic driver:  one out of every 10 jobs created in...