During the last years, Montanstahl achieved significant results regarding safety at work. The amount of working accidents dropped by more than fifty percent in the last six years.
In 2011 the management introduced a significant change as far as safety at work is concerned. The old guidelines where anchored within old internal rules. For example, responsibility was delegated to the various production managers. So the safety guidelines were supposed to be enhanced.
Because of this, Montanstahl decided to join the “Integrated Safety” project in collaboration with SUVA, the Swiss insurance against work accidents and diseases.
SUVA’s engineers then started to hold specific seminars about:
In addition, training courses for safe maintenance were held for all mechanical operators and electricians.
The project “Safety at the Working Place” is an important investment, in both resources and internal training for management and production personnel.
The first step was the institution of an internal safety team. A safety manager was appointed. Both technical staff and management compose his team. This enables to handle the matter in a systematic, qualified and skilled way, also by the use of new tools and procedures.
The safety team identified various areas that needed improved training. Because of this, they held individual and grouped working sessions for making the operators sensible to accident causes. The training courses were about:
The team organized also a dedicated and specialized training for the R&D department with the title “Designing Safe Machines”.
Besides the time for training, Montanstahl also invested in modernizing equipment and tools such as forklifts, trucks, elevating platforms, and personal protective equipment.
This allowed reaching the latest safety standards. The result is a new safeness culture throughout all levels in the company. The responsibility for health and safety at the working place has become a meaningful term. It is not anymore delegated, but is present in everybody’s consciousness and it is also part of the working process.
All personnel, from blue-collar workers to white-collar workers and the management, did attend the training courses with great interest and positive feedback.
The general accident awareness has increased significantly. The drop of accidents and injuries in the various production departments hot rolling, cold rolling and cold drawin as well as laser welding, was rapid and is still ongoing.
This great ongoing success over these years makes Montanstahl a particular example worth to mention in the case study by Swiss SUVA (only available in German language).