Kabelmetal hinges profitability on safety
The Managing Director, Kabelmetal Nigeria Plc, Robert Kretschmer, has drawn a nexus between safety and profitability, companies have been advised to promote Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) culture in their operations and work environment to enhance profitability.
Kretschmer, who spoke at the 2017 Safety Day, organised by Nexans for all affiliated companies worldwide, explained that “the event aimed to remind workers of the 15 Golden Rules for Safety, as well as, the importance of creating a healthy and safe work environment.”
According to him, this year’s theme, “Safety by Choice, Not by Chance”, was carefully chosen to drive home the point that the issue of safety should not be left to chance. Therefore, it is the joint responsibility of the company and the employees to maintain and observe HSE measures at work place to reduce accidents and hazards arising out of and in the course of duty.”
He disclosed that Kabelmetal is “very committed to ensuring safe work environment and the need for employees to be well-kitted with standardised Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), like reflective jackets, safety shoes, goggles.”
Concerning the HSE monitoring to ensure incidents are noted and nipped in the bud, Kretschmer said Kabelmetal carries out daily technical meetings and routine checks by selected management team headed by the Chief Executive, to identify all unsafe conditions, and assess the workplace environment in relation to production activities. “We also configure certain safety measures on our machines to make them safe to work with.”
He charged all employees to be involved and take responsibility for their own safety, in line with the company’s HSE policy and procedures in order to help in sustaining and improving same. “It is important for all categories of employees to know and understand the HSE steps to follow in case of any emergency, contractors and consultants who work within the company premises must also observe the company’s HSE rules and regulations,” he added.
The Quality Control and HSE Manager, Kabelmetal, Joshua Nyam, said the company is “known for quality products being conscious of the extent to which safety at workplace can affect productivity and quality of output. There is a great impact on the production line if one of the hands got injured. Therefore, we want to observe zero tolerance accident.”
He stressed that “although, it costs a lot in terms of value for money to lose a whole day’s work, such value cannot be compared to the loss suffered in case of accidents. This may result in a worker staying away from work for three months or more, and yet collecting salary – the cost of accident is higher than safety. Hence, it is significant to bring safety culture to our workers’ consciousness.”
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