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SOCIAL PERFORMANCE – WORK FORCE

Our employees define who we are, what we do and how we do it. They bring values, skills, diversity and expertise to AEP that make us unique and successful. As we undergo one of the biggest transformations in the 106-year history of our company, our people will lead the way.

Nothing is more important to us than the safety, health and well-being of our employees and our contractors. We invest time, effort and resources to protect all of our workers from harm. We are committed to zero harm, which is central to us, our employees, our contractors and their families.

Despite our commitment and our efforts, we failed to achieve target zero when an AEP employee and contractor, both working in our River Operations unit, lost their lives on the job Dec. 30, 2011, when their work boat capsized in the Mississippi River. This was a heartbreaking loss for their families and both tragic and unacceptable for AEP. We are working with the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate the cause of the accident. Two other contractors also lost their lives working for AEP in 2011.

We work in a dangerous industry, but we do not accept that injury is inevitable. Zero harm is not a slogan or even an aspiration as much as it is a reality that we envision and work for every moment.

As this report will demonstrate, AEP has improved dramatically in terms of workplace safety and health during the last five years. But for us, it is not about numbers. We care about safety because it is about our people and their loved ones who want them to come home every day safe and sound.

That means we must use all of the tools at our disposal, from job hazard assessments and workplace procedures to our human performance error-reduction initiative and our awareness of personal health issues. It also means that all of us must have the courage to speak up if safety or health is being compromised. We must all be our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers.

  • For more data, please see the Labor Practices (LA) section of AEP’s Global Reporting Initiative G3 questionnaire.

Values, Skills, Diversity and Expertise
AEP workers at the John W. Turk Jr. plant line up as construction of the 600-MW ultra-supercritical plant continues. Once fully operational, it will employ 110 people.

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