Company’s focus on internal safety program

Site visits by the managerial and supervisory team have resulted in an improved safety record for FHHJV. Picture: SUPPLIED

A LEADING roads and infrastructure company is showing an “impressive” reduction in lost time injury, and medically treated injuries.

The company – The Fulton Hogan Hiways Joint Venture – has noted an improved safety record from its flagship internal Safety Action Program.

According to Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) safety, quality, training and environment manager John Tinsley, the company is showing an “impressive” reduction in lost time injury, and medically treated injuries.

Lost time injury is when an employee is off work for a day or more and, as the term suggests, medically treated injuries are where employees are treated by a doctor.

Mr Tinsley said the performance was attributed to the improvement in its Safety Action Program that was implemented approximately 18 months ago.

The program requires each member of the management and supervisory teams to make a minimum of four Safety Action site visits a month.

During these Safety Action site visits, the manager or supervisor takes the opportunity to reinforce and improve safety management.

“The regular site visits by the managerial team are having a positive effect. This process is designed to get the senior management team out and onto the ground where the guys are working and to interact with them around on-site safety,” Mr Tinsley said.

“They observe the site, see what is good, and see what needs improving. Then they tell the work crews at the site, what is good, what is not so good, why it is not so good, and what they need to do to get it right.

“At the end of the day, we believe it is what happens with the guys on the ground that determines their safety and is the true indicator of how well our safety programs are working.”

Mr Tinsley said the program was also one of the key successes currently driving the company’s safety.

“This is because of the buy-in by the managerial and supervisory staff.  Depending on the number of staff on the managerial and supervisory team at any given time, there is an average of 150 to 166 site visits required every month,” he said.

“This year, we have seen 350 Safety Action visits in January, 400 in February and again March. We hit 500 in April, and we had 511 in May.”

He said the reporting format was kept as simple as possible to avoid unnecessary paperwork for all concerned.

Mr Tinsley also believes that working with simple paper formats is preferable to using a phone or tablet application.

“If you’re looking at a screen, you’re not interacting with the work crews or really looking at the work site.

“We also carry out the same kind of Safety Action visits with our subcontractors, as they expected to adhere to the same rigorous safety standards as FHH,” he said.

“They are checked approximately 150 times a month.”

The Fulton Hogan Hiways JV is a joint venture contract with local partner Hiway Stabilisers. Through the joint venture, Fulton Hogan is helping to maintain the Northern, Eastern and Central road network, around the Fijian capital of Suva.


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