With employee safety, health and well-being in mind, Seco Tools has initiated a comprehensive safety strategy that includes both annual and long-term goals extending to 2030. With this approach to long-term planning and continuous improvement, the company will significantly reduced the incidence of lost work time compared to the results achieved by typical industrial safety programs that focus solely on annual achievements.
Typical injuries in the manufacturing environment are often those involving the hands and fingers, and these injuries can happen to anyone from facility personnel to machine operators. For its safety strategy, Seco has set long-term lost time accident rate (LTIFR) targets of 1.1 by 2022 and 0.8 by 2030. The total recordable injury rate (TRIFR) target is 2.0 for 2022 and 1.6 or lower for 2030.
A common approach to safety
Seco began planning its safety program last year, taking a general approach. In this way, the company focuses on analytics and assesses not only where key performance indicators (KPIs) are lagging, such as workplace hazards, injury rates and the like, but also where leading indicators relate to the correlation between activities and results .
Seco’s umbrella approach is a global company-wide strategy and one in which Seco establishes objectives
and goals and communicates them to all of its local sites. This ensures that all sites can access the
necessary data to make proper assessments, then identify and fill any existing gaps.
New incident reporting tool
For its long-term strategy, Seco adopted the EHS360 incident reporting tool to dig deeper into the causes of safety issues and how they are investigated. To achieve this, the biggest change in this system is the reduction from 130 root and immediate causes of an incident to 15 causal factors. The company also added a “5 Whys” approach to the system, which more accurately identifies the root causes, which in some cases are not a single cause, but multiple causes.
By narrowing down causes, Seco is able to group them together for more accurate analysis – tracking those causes over a longer period of time to identify potential trends and improve investigation results. Seco can then take the right actions to correct the causes and minimize the risk of the same or similar incident happening again in the future.
“When you’re working to improve safety, one year is too short. Effective analysis takes a lot of time, so we need more time to analyze the data, target the gaps we find, create collaboration and improve,” explained Lou Hjort, SMS Health and Safety Specialist at Seco Tools . “When it comes to safety, a company must always have a long-term vision. That’s why we introduced not only annual goals, but long-term goals as well.”
Adapt and improve
Employee safety is an ongoing commitment at Seco, where the company continues to adapt to change
conditions and to identify solutions and activities to address and improve these different conditions. The
the ultimate goal is a safer workplace, which the company will achieve through collaboration and knowledge sharing, and by setting and achieving ambitious safety goals.
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