Leading project management specialists, PROjEN, are celebrating after setting a new standard in their continued goal of achieving below the National average for Health and Safety accidents and incidents occurring in a working environment.
PROjEN who have recently completed a £5 million project at GSK have been monitoring the number of safety incidents throughout their one-year project. At an early stage both GSK and PROjEN agreed that everything possible should be done to ensure safety awareness was the highest priority and must be taken seriously by all parties involved in the construction phase of the project.
Contractors working on the project were chosen following a thorough vendor appraisal selection process. Once at site, all construction personnel underwent a detailed induction process which was supplemented by regular toolbox talks at key phases of the project. Additional measures included special incentives to promote the safety message and an increased level of management auditing throughout all areas of the working environment.
John Taylor, managing director for PROjEN comments, “PROjEN recognised the importance of working safely, not only to ensure we complied with the current legislation, but also to fulfil our commitment to health and safety compliance which was a critical success factor for the project.
Due to the size and complexity of this project it was vital to its success that we instilled the key message of adherence to good working procedures. The slogan ‘WORKING SAFELY TOGETHER’ was employed as a constant reminder to all project participants of their duty to work safely for the benefit of themselves and those around them.”
To gauge the performance of the project from a health and safety perspective, PROjEN looked to the national averages for 2003/04, which highlighted a total of 235 fatal injures to workers in the UK. The project undertaken by PROjEN recorded just four minor incidents and one incident which, taking into account the complexity of the job and the tight deadlines, is a fantastic achievement and one well below the national average.
GSK commented: “The project demanded a high level of competence from all parties involved and the incentives employed by PROjEN and the other companies involved created a clear awareness of the importance of health and safety. As such the project was completed on time and to budget without any major incidents.”
To further promote the safety message, a special incentive was set up for the project and the money entered by the eight participating companies paid for 500 mugs, 1,000 polo shirts and sweat shirts which carried the safety message. These were distributed to the site workers at key milestones during the project to reinforce health and safety messages.
At the outset of the campaign it was agreed that any monies remaining from the promotion would be given to charity. Each participating company involved in the project nominated a charity of their choice and on the 4th November 2004 Steve Hartles, European Capital Projects Director for GSK made the draw. The chosen charity was ‘Children with Leukaemia’ who were then presented with a cheque for £1,716.77.