Employees contributed a record number of safety improvement suggestions last year through our Good Catch program, helping our company to its safest year on record and supporting charities across our service territory.
The Good Catch program improves safety by soliciting employees’ suggestions and ideas — called “good catches” — about existing or potential safety issues.
For each catch, PPL Corporation contributes $20 to a fund called a Community Chest. A separate fund is maintained for each of our operating areas, and the money goes into the fund where the contributing employee works.
Workers submitted 701 Good Catches for the year, more than doubling the number from the previous year. Employees also submitted 58 safety-related Near Misses — incidents or situations that, while not resulting in injuries or harm to employees or the company, can lead to valuable lessons learned.
That worker engagement translated to donations totaling $7,900 to organizations with safety-focused programs:
◦ National Sisterhood United for Journeyman Linemen
◦ Second Harvest Food Bank
◦ Tri County Community Action
◦ United Disability Services
◦ Valor Healthcare Clinic
◦ Center for Humanistic Change
Last month, workers from two of PPL’s operating regions presented a check for $2,940 to National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen during a holiday all-hands meeting. The organization assists fallen or injured IBEW workers and their spouses and children. (Employees from those two regions are pictured below.)
In the Harrisburg and Lancaster areas, workers more than tripled the number of submitted Good Catches from 51 in 2016 to 175 last year.
“Our employees’ interest and participation in the Good Catch program and keeping each other safe was one of a number of components that helped carry us to one of our most successful years, from a safety perspective,” said Mike Quashne, manager-Experience Assessment, the department that oversees the Good Catch program.