The Pantex Plant continues to lead the way within the Nuclear Weapons Complex for safe operations, concluding fiscal year 2013 with the lowest recordable case rate in the Plant’s history.
The record for Total Recordable Case Rate (TRC) at 0.26 is a fitting end to an outstanding year in safety, which saw Pantexans set a record in January by working more than eight million man hours without a lost time injury while Pantex was once again honored as one of the outstanding sites in the complex with the Star of Excellence from the Department of Energy’s Voluntary Protection Program.
“We are very proud of the safety-conscious attitude our Pantexans display each and every day,” said B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery. “This achievement is a reflection of their individual commitment to helping ensure a strong nuclear safety culture at Pantex.
The TRC measures the number of employee hours worked in a year relative to the number of reportable injuries. This is the standard OSHA formula used by all industries across the nation. B&W Pantex has made reducing the number of injuries a top priority when it took over operation of the Plant in 2001. The number of recordable injuries has decreased 92 percent during that time.
Pantex has continued to look for innovative ways to address safety concerns. This past year, Nuclear Safety Culture became a prime area of focus, with numerous initiatives enacted to establish a culture of safety commensurate with the critical work performed at Pantex.
“The many honors Pantex received this year are gratifying, but the TRC record is the safety achievement that really measures how safe our employees are at the Plant,” said Jim Stevens, manager of the Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Division at Pantex. “Setting an all-time case rate record means that Pantexans are working more safely than they ever have, which is the standard we strive to achieve every day.”