Zero disabling injury milestone for engineering services group
30 January 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202017694
AT the end of 2019, Babcock Africa reached a safety milestone when it recorded a zero disabling injury incident rate (DIIR) across all its business units.
This is a first in Babcock’s 125-year history and equates to just under six million hours worked over the last 12 months without a lost time injury.
Making the achievement even more notable is the fact that the company carries out the majority of its projects and services on-site and in high-risk environments, with a work force of up to 3 800 core and limited duration contracted employees at any given time.
Babcock International Group Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Roger O'Callaghan, said the milestone was “a massive achievement made possible by dedicated Babcock employees”.
Underpinning the safety record is a holistic approach that incorporates every employee and brings safety not only into the working environment, but also into everyday life.
Koos Cornelissen, Group Risk Manager said the company was “a forerunner in formalising a holistic health and safety system in our industry, with the launch of the ‘Home Safe Every Day’ campaign from around 2005.
“This programme instilled safety as a personal responsibility and an individual choice, encouraging our employees to extend their safety awareness beyond the confines of the work environment.”
Cornelissen said that to overcome barriers to a safety ethos, such as low levels of literacy, various non-English first languages spoken, and differing cultures, Babcock created a framework of safety that is visible and easily understood.
“There is in-depth thinking behind our safety philosophy and how best to implement it. It’s not just a matter of ticking the boxes,” he added.
“We are serious about safety and are committed to identifying risks, hazards and dangerous practices through observation, and encourage the reporting of near-misses or unsafe acts.”
While all of Babcock Africa’s business units have reached zero DIIR, Babcock’s Ntuthuko Engineering business stands out for its exceptional record of over 27 months without a serious injury. Other business units that have reached outstanding DIIR records include Babcock’s Transport Solutions with no lost time injury for over six years, Plant Services for over 19 months and Industrial recording no serious injury since September 2018.
Archie Bethel, Chief Executive Officer for the Babcock International Group, described Babcock Africa’s achievement as “simply exceptional”, crediting the entire Babcock Africa team for the “outstanding safety record success”.