April 28, 2021 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This day presents the opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries and illnesses. In 2020, deugro group marked this occasion with the introduction of a new company slogan: “Defining Logistics—Delivering Safety”
The slogan represents deugro group’s commitment to the prioritization of the health, safety, and wellbeing of its employees. This commitment was reflected in the passing of a major milestone when deugro group companies collectively passed 1,000 days without a recordable incident involving a deugro group employee. For this time period, deugro group has a Total Recordable Incident Frequency (TRIF) and a Lost Time Incident Frequency (LTIF) of zero. This is a great achievement and also acts as an incentive for deugro group to continue following this successful path.
To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2021, deugro group decided to revisit, review and redesign the company’s previously existing Life Saving Rules. The review adopted a risk-based approach, resulting in Life Saving Rules being created for “Safe Systems of Work,” “Lifting,” “Line of Fire,” “Working at Height,” “Transportation” and “PPE”. These rules will now be in place at the very core of the organization and help to ensure that all deugro group tasks and activities are executed in a safe and compliant manner.
The introduction and implementation of the software SAI360 was another of deugro group’s workplace improvement initiatives in 2020. With this state-of-the-art reporting software, deugro group not only centralizes occurrence and observation reporting, the system also gives greater transparency and inclusion for all deugro group employees in QHSES matters—ultimately assisting in the prevention of occurrences in the future while supporting deugro group’s objective of delivering safety!
The deugro group Life Saving Rules:
Safe Systems of Work
- All hazards associated with a task or activity must be identified and suitable control measures put in place.
- Never bypass, override or modify safety systems.
- Personnel involved must be suitably trained and competent in the task or activity.
- Safety procedures must be communicated, understood and complied with at all times.
- Never stand or walk under a suspended load.
- All lifting equipment must be suitable for the lift, certified and inspected prior to use.
- All operators of lifting equipment must be suitably trained and certified.
- Exclusion zones must be established and controlled prior to any lift taking place.
Line of Fire
- Never position your body in the way of moving objects, vehicles, pressure releases or dropped objects.
- Always obey barriers and exclusion zones.
- Take action to secure loose objects and report all potential dropped objects.
- Continuously risk assess your working environment.
Working at Height
- Avoid working from height where it is reasonably practicable to do so.
- All work at height equipment must be inspected for defects prior to each use.
- Be aware of what fall protection to use and how to use it.
- Secure tools and work materials to prevent dropped objects.
- All modes of transportation must be appropriately certified and fit for purpose.
- They must never be operated by personnel under the influence of intoxicating substances.
- They can only be operated by suitably trained and certified personnel.
- Whilst driving always wear a seatbelt, never use mobile devices or exceed speed limits.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Never enter an operational worksite without wearing the correct PPE.
- Always ensure PPE is inspected and is in good condition prior to use.
- All personnel must be adequately trained in the safe use of the PPE.
- Wear task specific PPE when required to do so by the task risk assessment.