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Aviation Firm Hits Safety Milestone

Posted: 01/04/2019

One aviation firm is celebrating hitting a significant milestone in relation to its health and safety - one million hours worked without any RIDDOR reportable injury incidents.

SHP Online reported on the achievement of the aviation division of Dyer & Butler, a firm that works in infrastructure.

According to the news provider, employees from the company work in a number of “high-pressure environments”, including Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.

One of the things highlighted about Dyer & Butler’s approach to its workers’ safety is the proactive stance it has taken. The website shared details of a close call app that the company introduced. As its name suggests, it’s designed to record details of any near misses.

The aim is to encourage reporting of these close call incidents to enable lessons to be learned and to give employees an easy platform on which to report incidents and make suggestions on how health and safety could be improved.

Steve Broom, Safety, Sustainability and Training Director at Dyer & Butler, praised all the teams that have worked hard to make sure everyone remains safe.

He said that the milestone has been achieved because of “the hard work and dedication of the teams involved who have adopted an open safety culture which promotes the reporting of close calls and the swift reaction of any matters that could potentially result in harm to the workforce and the environments in which it operates”.

Managing Director at the firm, Neil Edwards, reiterated Mr Broom’s assertion and said that being strong on health and safety was a key element of the firm’s ethos. He added that they want everyone who works for them to be “safe by choice not by chance”.

Near miss reporting, like that implemented by Dyer & Butler, can help when it comes to your emergency preparedness and response and incident management training, as it allows you to develop procedures to cover as many incidents and eventualities as possible.

An article for EHS Today recently talked about the importance of talking about near misses in the right terms. The publication said that there has been an issue for a long time with companies’ under-reporting near misses.

This is partly fueled by referring to such incidents as ‘good catches’, which has a more positive connotation. The news provider noted that companies should embrace near miss-reporting, as well as implementing a good catch programme to highlight activities and actions that can make a workplace safer.

“A good catch is an action-oriented programme that implies somebody did something positive to prevent something bad from happening,” the publication explained. Meanwhile, it also shared the definition of a near miss from the US National Safety Council/OSHA Alliance.

This kind of incident is described as “an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage - but had the potential to do so”.

The primary difference between the two is that in the event of a near miss, its good fortune that means nothing bad actually happened, whereas a good catch involves someone proactively doing something that prevents an incident.

Making sure your teams understand the difference and that you have programmes for reporting both is, therefore, likely to have a significant positive impact on your health and safety performance.