Paper Manufacturing Case Study
The Problem: Fatal Accident at Paper Manufacturing Facility
Occupli was contacted by a local insurance broker to assist with the risk management for a paper manufacturing client site. The company was now facing enormous increases in their premiums and was also required to self-insure even against catastrophic events. This was due not only to the specific accident and fatality but also due to their overall poor H&S record which included numerous accidents. There was also a huge industrial relations problem so any change in a Health and Safety culture was a serious challenge here.
The Solution: Implementing a Detailed Safety Management System
Occupli met with the client and recommended a REAL accident investigation to not only determine the root cause and contributory factors of the accident and also recommended a Safety Management System that would recommend new controls.
This objective was for the resulting Safety Management System to save the company from further avoidable costs in the future, whether in human loss (fatalities or injuries),financial loss (damage to equipment, raw material or product), or large increases in insurance costs. Occupli worked closely with the broker and the insurer to eventually get both the company management and employees engaged meaningfully with the implementation of the safety management system. Occupli consultants guided the company through the accident investigation process in an independent, non-judgmental manner.
Once the investigation was carried out Occupli consultants drafted a safety management system improvement plan. This plan clearly indicated the hazards and the controls measures that had to be implemented to minimise risk. Occupli Consultants then worked with the client in implementing the plan in a pragmatic and commercially viable way.
The Benefits That Accrued from Working with Occupli
The results after two years waere major reductions in claims, injuries and damage to raw materials, product and equipment. These in turn resulted in a big reduction in insurance premiums over two years. The benefits included:
- The requirement to self insure was removed.
- Reduction of 50% in the number of claims after year one versus the year prior to commencement
- Reduction in actual injuries to staff of 50%.
- Reduction of damage to buildings, plant and equipment, etc.
- The maintenance department costs reduced by approx 25% on plant and equipment.
Safety Management Systems Services Provided By Occupli
Occupli is a leading provider of Safety Management Systems in the Irish workplace. We work with many clients to gain OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 certification . Our services include initial Gap Analysis and improvement plan, risk assessment standardisation, assisting you in preparation for the pre-audits and certification audits, internal auditor training, maintenance of the certification once it is in place and anything else you need to get and maintain the certification.beneficial from the perspective of potential cost reductions and savings.