Best Practice

LOCATION: Company-wide ARTICLE YEAR 2004
ACTIVITY: Competence Assurance COMPANY: Tarmac Central
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Not appicable
BEST PRACTICE No: BP92 COMPANY TEL: 01260 223477
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Task auditing
ARTICLE
In-depth analyses of accidents led Tarmac to deduce that a remarkably high percentage of injuries in the quarrying industry are due to unsafe acts, rather than unsafe conditions. This reality spurred Tarmac into developing a management task auditing system for its Area 3 business, which is incorporated into a safety, health and environment strategy. The key steps are:
• stop and observe work activity
• put operatives at ease by introduction and explanation of the process
• ask about the work that is being done and the stages involved
• ask what is the worst that could happen and how this is prevented
• praise safe behaviour
• question unsafe behaviour
• discuss corrective action required
• gain commitment to act.
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