If you have a dangerous work project, look at Mondi’s story to see how to deal with it

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 28 Nov. 2014

Tags: health and safety plan, safety planning, health and safety planning, dangerous work projects, planning for dangerous work projects, project specific safety plan

Recently I read an article about Mondi, the international paper and packaging group, and how it tackles large and dangerous projects. It made me realise how simple it can be to protect employees, on even the largest of projects.

When I say large, I mean 27 different contractor companies, 800 contractors and Mondi employees.

Mondi had just such a project here in South Africa. For this project, its team had to disassemble and rebuild a paper mill.

A project of this magnitude could easily lead to accidents and injuries, some minor, some fatal.

But because Mondi deals with all it’s dangerous projects the same way, it applies careful safety planning. And because of this, it was able to prevent any health and safety issues from arising.

Find out what it did to prevent accidents and injuries, so you can apply the same strategy to your dangerous projects too…

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Here’s what Mondi did to ensure its contractors were safe during its paper mill rebuild 
Mondi dealt with the challenges of this project by preparing a comprehensive project safety management plan in advance. 
This plan covered all aspects of the project and any safety-related possibilities. It also established clear health and safety guidelines for contractor companies and rolled these out to all its contractors and employees through induction training. 
By doing this, it established an effective way to manage safety audits. It implemented proactive initiatives to make safety awareness a daily reality. These initiatives included regular leadership meetings, employee briefings and major safety and hazard signposting.
Mondi took all of these steps long before the project started. As a result of its careful planning, it completed the project in 22 days, with almost 160 000 man hours. During this time, there were only three medical treatment cases, three first aid cases and seven near miss incidents. But there where no serious accidents or injuries, which is quite a feat on a project of this size. 
So what can Mondi’s story teach you about handling health and safety on dangerous work projects?
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Here’s what you can learn from Mondi’s approach to dangerous projects

The moral of this story is planning is the key to effective health and safety.  If you plan for all health and safety aspects beforehand, you can prevent serious accidents. 
During this planning you need to consider the worst case scenario and what could go wrong. Then set up ways to prevent this and create rules for your workers to follow. 
This kind of plan must be project specific, especially if it’s a different location. It won’t help to implement a general plan because it won’t take into account the hazards that come with the specific location and project. 
That’s why you need to consider:
- The location (country, province, workplace);
- The work itself;
- The number of separate contractor companies;
- The number of workers; and
- The skills and training of the individual workers.
Considering these key factors of every project will help you create project specific plans. This is the best and simplest way to ensure your workers are safe during even the most dangerous projects. 
For more on health and safety planning, check out the Health and Safety Advisor



Charles 2014-12-01 06:49:58

We are a Vehicle carrier company and work at deck heights of greater than 1.2meters, because we are driving vehicles up and down ramps we cannot make use of harnesses or safety barriers due to space constraints. I am seeking advise on how to keep my employees safe during these tasks. please advise!


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