From senior management through to our project teams, York Civil has fostered a positive safety culture which strives for continual improvement across all aspects of the organisation. Collectively, we are committed to providing an injury free workplace, and fully understand that this objective is a significant factor in achieving Zero Harm whilst providing maximum productivity levels on all of our projects.
Our commitment to a Work Safe….Home Safe culture has seen us improve our incident rate significantly in the past five years, and has resulted in the achievement of more than one million man-hours LTI free, including subcontractors, with more than 2.7 million York Civil man-hours LTI free since 2011.
Dominic Vieceli, Managing Director, attributes this achievement to a sound safety culture which involves actively seeking solutions to safeguard all personnel on our sites by eliminating as much risk as possible through design, consultation and innovation. “This commitment to safety comes from the top,” says Dominic. “It begins with senior management and filters down from our Project Managers Superintendents and Engineers through to the entire workforce.”
Good communication is a big part of this achievement. Every morning Pre-Start meetings are undertaken to discuss the day’s activities, the risks that may be encountered, and the processes in place to mitigate the risks. We encourage personnel to provide feedback at Pre-Starts and through the company’s H&S Committee, to ask questions and challenge any potentially unsafe or harmful activities.
The safety focus of individuals is evident in the regular analysis of WHS statistics, but it is also being applauded externally. The development of an automated incident notification and reporting program saw National Safety Manager, John Westhoff awarded the Best Individual Workplace Health and Safety Award at the Civil Contractor Federation Industry Awards in 2013. Site Safety Supervisor, Scott Harvey won the same award in 2014 for his efforts on the Goodwood Junction Rail Upgrade Separation project involving the implementation and management of safe work practices within a live rail and heavily trafficked environment.
“We are proud to have developed a skilled workforce of individuals,” Dominic says. “Individuals who are willing to proactively be involved in maintaining a safety driven focus and take ownership and responsibility for their own safety, and the safety of those around them.”