United Water Outperforms Water Industry in Safety

Key workplace injury rates drop to less than ½ of the industry average

HARRINGTON PARK, N.J.--()--United Water, one of the nation’s leading professional providers of water and environmental services, significantly outperformed the largely public water and sewer sector in 2013 safety performance as compared with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2013, workplace accidents that resulted in lost time showed a 40 percent decline, which is consistent with a 5-year company trend in the right direction. In sum, 85 United Water facilities had no lost time accidents in 2013. Lost time incidents are defined as workplace related injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work.

Moreover, 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 demonstrate top performance in the sectors we serve by bringing any new project or contract up to our own high safety standards,” Bertrand Camus, CEO of United Water, said. And we promote a culture that makes it everyone’s responsibility for employees to return healthy and safely to their families every night.”

United Water’s 2,250 employees completed a notable amount of work to post these results, including logging a total of 51,894 health and safety training hours in 2013 averaging 23 hours of safety training hours per employee. They have set even more ambitious training goals for 2014. Throughout the year, individual employees receive recognition for “Doing it Right.”

Leaders and industry groups have recognized United Water’s performance as well. In May 2014, New Jersey Governor Christie’s Administration presented United Water with an Annual Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Award in recognition of the company’s safety achievements in reducing safety hazards and preventing accidents.

In 2013, the Wixom, MI wastewater treatment facility operated by United Water was the recipient of the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award for workplace safety and health excellence from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).

“These are praiseworthy results for our workforce, especially at a time when the company is focused in many areas on heavy construction related to investments in underground pipes and infrastructure and emergency response activities,” Camus said. “But when we are talking about people and families, we must continue to improve, despite difficult working conditions.”

About United Water

United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to over 5.3 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 84 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.

About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT

Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 92 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 65 million people and collects the waste produced by 52 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013.

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Rich Henning, 201-767-2869

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Rich Henning, 201-767-2869