Skanska Civil Engineering have nominated Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage Ltd for its prestigious ‘Supply Chain Health & Safety’ award.
Update 05/12/13: Lynch win Skanska Award
Mobile Plant operations and the interface with workers in the construction industry is one of the highest risk areas for causing injuries, sometimes fatal. Good control measures with plant and pedestrian interface as highlighted in the 'Risk Assessments' (specific to plant operation activities) have identified the measures needed to ensure the safe movement of plant machinery as well as the safety of workers carrying out the task. Therefore Lynch have been proactive with Skanska Civil Engineering to meet the health and safety demands in:
- Quick hitch training
- Environmental awareness
- Strict drugs and alcohol screening
With open collaboration with the Skanska health & safety team, Lynch plant created a project team to build awareness in the industry and share best practice. This team led by Operations Manager Mark Kennedy were driven by what they considered to be a lack of clear initiatives with regards to working close to excavators on site. The project team included Liam Moore (plant operator) and Robert Lynch (company director).
At first the project team worked utilised the resources supplied by Skanska on 'excavator exclusion zones' and the 'toolbox talk' that supported the exclusion zone poster. They then set about creating a demonstration video that enhanced this training for construction site employees. The filming took several weeks to produce and when the project team was satisfied the final draft was presented at the 'Skanska Civil Engineering Zero Accident Forum' for comment and approval.
Senior management from Lynch have personally been involved with the role out of the excavator safety exclusion zone training on site across many Skanska Civil Engineering sites, and since working with Skanska on excavator safety exclusion zones, Lynch have developed their Lynch Elite Operator Programme which is designed to educate their operators through a number of training programmes such as: Excavator safety exclusion zones, excavator attachment awareness, first Aid training, safety awareness applicable to type of plant operated and constructing better health.
Lynch have supported the Skanska Civil Engineering stand at the Plant and Equipment Management Innovation Conference (PEMIC) where we were able to promote and share best practice with quick hitch and excavator safety exclusion zones with peer construction companies, universities and training establishments. Our stand was well received with good interest.
Since the introduction of the exclusion zone training and Elite Operator program, there has been a significant reduction in reportable incidents from near misses to traffic incidents. The decline has been quite dramatic falling from an Average 12.37 per month to 3.25 per month, Lynch has now focused this learning and have introduced similar training for their haulage and transport drivers.