Since Eiffage Group CEO and Eiffage Énergie Systèmes President Benoît de Ruffray launched the strategic safety plan in 2017, the Énergie Systèmes Branch has established some common rules via a charter comprising 12 commitments and 6 capital points concerning safety on our worksites. Despite these measures, accidents are still too frequent and often caused by work being ill-prepared beforehand. For this reason, our safety week this year will be dedicated to “Preventing risks when preparing work” and is to take place from 10 to 14 June.
For 5 days, our teams will be invited to think about anticipating risks, choosing appropriate safety measures and controlling hazards in our professions. The emphasis will be placed on work preparation, via simulation techniques.
After the subject has been introduced by our regional directors (who complied with the video interview game) an activity will serve as a basis for reflection. Using the example of a parachute jump, our staff will have to decide on the organization needed before the jump, carry out risk analysis and link this to the safety measures which must be taken, while taking last-minute hazards and unforeseen circumstances into account.
“You don’t need to have experience of parachute jumping to know how to analyse the main risks involved. The idea is to show our teams that safety and security are first and foremost a question of common sense. Even if their analysis of the situation isn’t exhaustive, it will encourage them to ask themselves the right questions about safety measures in general” said Céline Linon, Safety Coordinator at Eiffage Énergie Systèmes.
Delays on the worksite, unexpected situations and the absence of a colleague who is competent in a specific area are potential hazards which our operatives must learn to tackle.
“Though our business managers and site foremen carry out the preliminary analyses, the operatives are still in the front line. This is why we would like them to ask themselves 5 questions before beginning each operation. The STOPFIVE last-minute risk analysis will therefore be of primary importance this year. The idea is to emphasise that one single negative answer to the five questions raised means that the works cannot be safely undertaken. Everyone must make sure all the lights are green before starting their job” continued Céline Linon.
After the presentation, participants will be expected to apply this method themselves and ensure it is applied by others. They will receive a small checklist as a reminder, with the 6 capital points on one side of the card and the STOPFIVE questions on the other.
Finally, everyone will be encouraged to share good practice on this topic with their safety coordinator, so we can move forwards “Together, for Excellence in Security”.