Alderley – Wickwar: Over 1 Million Man-Hours LTI Free
“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind”
– Eleanor Everet, safety expert
At Alderley, we pride ourselves in continuously and consistently putting safety first, both for our customers and for our own staff across locations. It therefore comes with great pleasure and gratitude that we announce the completion of more than one million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI) at our longest-standing site in Wickwar towards the end of last week.
Measured in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards, this impressive number translates to 1,525 calendar days without an LTI, the last case having occurred over four years ago.
This spectacular success is directly attributable to the prominence that Health and Safety take across all sites of the Alderley Group. First and foremost, this is expressed by an overall safety awareness on part of everyone in the company, whether they are sat at a desk or welding in the workshop. This includes open and frequent communication around safety, including for instance a conscious moment for safety at the beginning of each official presentation. In addition, safety as a concept is clearly visible around the site in the form of signage as well as people constantly leading by example, therefore clearly setting and reinforcing a social norm.
Alderley further holds a dedicated safety committee, which regularly convenes to assess and improve safety levels across sites. Finally, achieving the present level of safety would not have been possible without excellent management of the workshop by Mike Cooper, Manufacturing Manager in Wickwar, and his team. Together with HSEQ, they not only keep the Alderley team safe in the workshop on a daily basis, but also display outstanding management of contractors, who can be as many as 20 to 30 at a time, engaging in a variety of different activities.
To sum up, the key to safety success, certainly in Alderley’s case, seems to lie in a well-rounded and continuous approach, allowing it to transpire into everything we do. John Richards, HSEQ Manager for Alderley in Wickwar, explains: “We live and breathe safety, it forms an integral part of our culture. Thanks to the various efforts across teams, the thought of safety – consciously and subconsciously – informs everything we do.” He continues, “In the end, the truth is that everyone is responsible for their own safety, it starts with each and every single one of us, and it is the sum of our choices that directly impacts our safety on site. It is safe to say that we have all taken that on board very well. It has become a state of mind rather than a choice.”
On behalf of everyone at Alderley, we would like to take this opportunity to also extend our sincere gratitude towards all of our suppliers and contractors who regularly come on site. Without their compliance and safety mindedness of their own, this achievement would not have been possible.
Together, we are excited to keep promoting Health and Safety across our sites as we forge ahead for even greater milestones in the future.