Maintenance engineer Gary spotted what he thought were potential hazards at pre-cast concrete drainage products manufacturer Stanton Bonna, based at Stanton-by-Dale, near Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and informed company bosses. The ‘near miss hazard alert’ scheme, which has been running for eight years, encourages the 132 employees to write on cards details of any near misses – incidents that have the potential to result in injury – or hazard alerts such as unsafe equipment, substances or procedures, so that management and employees can take appropriate action.
This year the scheme produced a record 728 entries, with shows that more staff are getting involved in their own safety at the premises in Littlewell Lane where a draw was held for submitted entries. Twenty-eight-year Gary, of Horsley Woodhouse, won the first prize from a selection of a flat screen television, a week’s paid holiday, a laptop computer or tablet, or weekend for two. He also won third prize of a mobile phone.
Second prize of an i-pad mini was won by CAD technician Nick Baxter, of Spondon. It is the second successive year that Gary has won both first and third prizes in the competition.
“I’m always walking around the site with my job so I do see potential hazards,” said Gary. “I’m still going to keep my eyes open for everybody’s benefits, and to help a good cause,” he added.
The success of the scheme meant that the company gave a cheque for £758 – one pound for every entry submitted and a £30 donation from employee Hugh Logan won in the Stanton Bonna Safety Day quiz – to Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College in Stratford Street, Cotmanhay.
The college, which caters for youngsters from 2-16 was chosen from one of six nominated causes by the firm’s health and safety committee.
The money will go to create an adventure playground for 7-11-year-olds at the school. One of the pupils, 11-year-old Josh Taylor, who with friends had chosen equipment for the playground, helped with the prize draw, as did another pupil, 15-year-old Abigail McGuinness.
School headteacher Debbie Gerring thanked the company and the workers for their efforts
“We are a proud part of our community and we are delighted with the support of Stanton Bonna as a valued member of the community, to help realise the project with our young people,” she said.
Stanton Bonna’s chief executive Glyn Woolley said he was pleased with the way that the company’s health and safety record had improved dramatically.
In 2007, as the near miss hazard alert scheme was being introduced there were 258 working days lost because of industrial accidents. By last year this had been reduced by 85 per cent to only 41 days, and after six months of this year the company had lost no days at all through accidents.
“Our commitment to health and safety has been proven not just with these improving figures but with the many prestigious industry awards we receive,*” he said. “Our aim is for all our staff to be ‘zero harm heroes’ and for Stanton Bonna to be the industry leader in health and safety in the UK.”
*At this year’s Mineral Products Association British Precast Best Practice Awards Stanton Bonna was winner of the Gold Award with red seal for achievements in health and safety and accident prevention for the seventh consecutive year.