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Culture of safety

Filipe Naigulevu
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A CIVIL construction company operating in Fiji has set a serious objective of further strengthening its safety culture in the workplace.

The company — Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) — has implemented an organisation-wide objective called "zero harm" that aims to ensure that no worker is injured in the workplace.

This means that the company has ensured to eliminate workplace injuries instead of aiming to minimise it.

The company also recently celebrated the success of its first phase of the 365 zero harm initiative achieved by its Northern Division team made up of their depots in Savusavu, Natua in Seaqaqa, Taveuni and Labasa office.

To recognise this achievement, about 100 FHH staff members from the Northern Division were recognised with certificates in Savusavu over the weekend.

FHH general manager Duncan Fraser expressed the company's pride in the achievement, surpassing many of their counterparts in Australia and New Zealand.

"When we started out in Fiji, one of the concerns the board had was whether we would be able to operate at the high levels of safety we demand of our businesses," Mr Fraser said in a statement.

"With this great achievement by our northern team, it shows the board that they were right to have faith in the business in Fiji.

"This is not a competition, but something others should also aspire to.

"One of the best ways of bringing about change is leading by example.

"This is also about trying to change overall attitudes towards safety by getting more people engaged."

Mr Duncan said the achievement was just the start with a lot of work still to be done in achieving more safety in the workplace.

Meanwhile, FHH safety, quality, training and environmental manager John Tinsley reaffirmed their commitment to a strong safety culture which they hope would motivate other companies.

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