|Singleton Birch has for many years had a reporting system for hazard spotting and the recording of near hits.
But, because the system involved the completion of a four page form, very few were formally recorded.
In late 2007, a new system was introduced which demonstrated visible management support and a desire on site to reduce accidents and incidents.
To enhance reporting an A7 pocket booklet was introduced. The reports are actioned by the relevant department, the data entered on a spreadsheet and discussed at monthly meetings.
In 2008, the information gained was used to initiate additional training for drivers and the development of a simplified approach to PPE requirements, in particular, education on the need to wear the correct gloves.
The benefits of this ’new‘ proactive approach resulted in an increase in near hits reporting from five in 2006, 85 in 2007 to 215 in 2008.
This increased awareness has produced a significant improvement in safety culture and reduction of the number of major incidents each year.