The DCM Maintenance team recently reached a significant safety milestone of more than 4,000,000 man-hours without a loss time injury (LTI). The team also worked over 800,000 hours last year with a Recordable Injury Frequency (RIF) of 0.25 and a Total Injury Frequency (TIF) of 2.98, which represent two major safety accomplishments!
These achievements are a major success for the company and especially for our workers given the industrial and weather conditions in which they work.
The success of our Maintenance team is built on the dedication of its Safety team, the commitment of managers and supervisors and the strength of our workforce.
A safety culture, which flows from top to bottom, is built upon three pillars: strong management commitment (#1 priority), employee engagement and personal accountability. You only get out what you put into it!
The old fashioned way of improving safety was to focus on operator error. Moving away from this outdated approach paved the way for a new philosophy that focuses on culture and management systems that influence safe behaviour and rely on leadership to empower employees at every level to take responsibility for safety.
The basic safety philosophy in maintenance is quite simple:
Direct intervention and accountability are needed to eliminate or mitigate unsafe behaviours. As such, it is important to:
The key to the success of a culture-based approach is to reinforce safe work habits, reward safe behaviour, encourage consistency and remind employees of the effects of incidents.
Examples of our processes and initiatives include:
DCM thanks its Maintenance team for their continued dedication and commitment to safety. Keep up the good work!
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