After a long period where injury rates were declining, Fulton Hogan suffered five fatalities over two years. This rocked the company to its core.
Recalibrating the Approach to Risk
The fatalities led the company to take a new approach to health and safety that focused on controlling critical risks. Analysis of injury data told the company it had five key critical risks:
1. Electricity and energy 2. Falls 3. Traffic 4. Moving plant 5. Bitumen. So it focused on improving controls on these key risks, setting up working groups involving people at all levels of the business.
This led to the creation of ‘Golden Rules’ that aimed to focus attention on critical risk controls.