Keeping safety at the forefront of people's minds

The 2017/18 Annual Europe Safety Campaign, which ran from November 2017 to February 2018, consisted of a series of locally developed programmes with a focus on occupational health and transport safety in addition to dedicated central initiatives rolled out across the business units.

The dedicated initiatives consisted of a specifically designed workshop for frontline leaders, which focused on 3 key areas:

  • positive behavioral reinforcement
  • planning for effective safety communication
  • responsibilities around contractor safety Management

Assessing and progressing our safety culture

We have completed safety culture assessments at every one of our materials businesses in North America, covering all employees at close to 1,300 locations across 44 states and 6 Canadian provinces. The primary action point is to learn from our employees on how to prevent the incident before it happens. We believe those closest to the risk should have the most to say about it, so we are moving towards a more analytical and proactive approach to incident prevention. This looks at the wider system and aims to understand human error, system-induced error and how leadership influences our actions. We have been piloting this approach with good results and will roll out management training to all staff in 2018.

Using virtual reality technology in safety training
Our US-based Digital Engineering Team provides technology research and development to all of Koncrex. A very powerful use of virtual reality (VR) technology in safety training is currently being developed. Scenarios simulating complex experiences, such as interactions with machinery and/or equipment, have been prototyped, and learning theory is being integrated to ensure that the knowledge gained from the experience can be applied to complete tasks more safely in the workplace.

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