Our safety initiatives proactively manage risks to reduce the potential for injuries.
A review of our loading yard processes revealed an opportunity to improve the safety in that area of our facilities. We implemented a new layout and truck-loading procedures, produced signs and brochures and conducted one-on-one training with drivers. The yard redesign project is not only safer; it’s more productive for our customers with a 40% reduction in service time at that location.
New Zealand Manual Handling Champions
A three-year plan was formalised to reduce the occurrence of manual handling injuries in the CHEP New Zealand business by training champions for each site. These champions were tasked to coach all employees in manual handling techniques resulting in a reduction of serious injuries from 35 in 2009 to zero in 2015.
Chain of Responsibility Compliance
To ensure we were able to comply with the Chain of Responsibility laws covering road transport of goods, CHEP developed an internal reference guide that was easy to use and understand by site personnel who had to apply the procedures. This resulted in excellent stakeholder engagement that facilitated change with both CHEP and external transport.
One of the highest risks we face is the interaction of people and mobile equipment in the plant. We developed a Pedestrian Segregation Audit tool to enable clearer definitions of risks and advised controls. This tool, now the global standard across Brambles business units, has substantially reduced risks associated with pedestrian/equipment interaction.
Nail Gun Redesign
As part of our regular review of the information we receive through our safety management systems, indications that improvements could be made with our nail guns were noted. A collaborative program between engineers, safety professionals and the operations staff to drive safer innovations to reduce risks associated with operating nail guns has seen improvements in operational risks.
We launched a multi-pronged strategy to actively reduce musculoskeletal strains by deploying capital solutions, establishing a training program and implementing a national warm-up exercise program. These efforts have reduced recordable injury frequency rate by 33% across our operations.
Near Miss Issues
Our safety team developed a global Near Miss program that increases employee awareness of hazards and events that may potentially lead to injuries. This program involves not only the identification of these workplace situations, but also the implementation of controls to ensure the risks are addressed.
Promoting First Aid, Health and Wellness
At CHEP, we have developed a program to ensure that even minor incidents are reported and rigorously investigated. We do this to ensure we capitalise on every learning opportunity, enabling us to continue to improve our own processes and reduce the potential for injuries. We also help educate our employees on their health and wellbeing.