Protecting the public from unsafe contact with our electrical equipment is a challenge and we are always looking for better ways to get important information to our customers and to the public. As an industry, we continue to be concerned with the number of people from the public who come into contact with power lines and electric equipment.
Those at risk range from billboard installers and highway construction workers to homeowners doing home improvements and thieves who steal from substations and other equipment. Our industry is active in educating the public about the danger of coming into contact with live electrical equipment as well as promoting how to safely work around facilities.
In 2015, AEP re-launched our public safety campaign using local and cable television, and online media placements. The ads aired across AEP’s 11-state service territory and were produced in both English and Spanish for select markets.
Despite our efforts, we experienced 11 public fatalities in 2015. Four were the result of vehicles crashing into utility poles, and six were caused by contact with our electrical facilities. This was fewer than in 2014, when we experienced 16 public fatalities, including one that resulted from copper theft. However, we continue to strive for Zero Harm.