Award highlights safety and health initiatives around the Group
July 10, 2015
Safety and health are top priorities throughout Atlas Copco, and best practices from the Group were announced January 12 with the annual Safety and Health Award. Initiatives that were awarded range from one using walk-around audits to one that focuses on inspiring employees to a healthier lifestyle.
Safety a daily habit
The product company Underground Rock Excavation in Örebro, Sweden, part of the Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area, anchored its efforts on making safety a habit – a challenging task for many companies. The initiative is based on behavioral science and considers each individual’s needs, personal reasons and motivation to work safely, in order to create long-lasting change. Measures include a safety corner, a screen saver with safety messages, and a new movie with safety from a forklift driver’s perspective. The initiative showed clear results, with the number of accidents dropping by half in 2014 versus 2012, and the number of absent days also reduced by 50% in 2014 versus 2013. “I am honored to lead an organization in which safety and health always come first, and I want to thank all of our employees for contributing to a safe workplace,” said Scott Barker, President of the Underground Rock Excavation division. “I specifically want to recognize our SHEQ team in Örebro for their focus and guidance. By using methods that are beyond the traditional way of thinking, they have succeeded in addressing human behavior as a natural part of our daily operations.” On the other side of the Atlantic, the product company Atlas Copco Hurricane in Franklin, Indiana, United States, has implemented monthly 6S walk-around audits. These audits include all the elements of 5S (Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize and Sustain) and with an additional S for Safety. This combined with other activities have resulted in more than 1 489 consecutive days of no lost-time accidents, and low incident and sick leave rates. “I saw that when I came here from Europe two years ago that the safety work here was good,” said Pascal Courroux, General Manager at Atlas Copco Hurricane, which manufactures boosters and air compressors and is part of Construction Technique. “Still, you can always improve. Communication is key, and to be sure that we don’t forget anything we started the monthly 6S audits. We have formalized the safety work, and I’m happy to see it has had very good results.”
Promoting a healthy lifestyle
Meanwhile, Industrial Technique’s customer center in Detroit, Michigan, has focused on creating and inspiring all employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle. It focuses on the automotive industry, holds a Safety, Health and Environmental week each year with training workshops and activities. The efforts have lowered incidents and accidents and reduced the cost for medical care. They have also helped make Atlas Copco an attractive employer and attract a more diverse workforce. “We are very proud of the fact that we are proactive in encouraging and promoting a healthy lifestyle to our employees,” said Anders Hoberg, General Manager. “We promote SHE activities throughout the year, such as the Weight Watchers Program, bi-monthly chair massages to relieve stress, on-site yoga classes and healthy lunches.” Last but not least, Atlas Copco Holding, Central and Eastern Europe was awarded for the triple certification for 12 legal units out of 17 legal companies. It has reduced accidents and incidents, and do continuous follow-ups. It uses a common integrated management system surface for Central and Eastern Europe to share best practices, and has increased health and sports activities in a region covering 1300 employees. “This award is additional motivation for all of us in Central and Eastern Europe to continue to work hard on further improvement in safety and health areas,” said Radomir Maric, Vice President Holding, Central and Eastern Europe. “At the beginning of the year we set a clear mission to all in the Holding team with the main goal to promote and coordinate SHE awareness culture and to introduce ‘safety first’ thinking.” I am honored to lead an organization in which safety and health always come first, and I want to thank all of our employees for contributing to a safe workplace.” - Scott Barker, President of the Underground Rock Excavation division. This award is additional motivation for all of us in Central and Eastern Europe to continue to work hard on further improvement in safety and health areas.” - Radomir Maric, Vice President Holding, Central and Eastern Europe.