Example of activities implemented in 2020 include improved segregation between pedestrians and mobile equipment (forklifts, overhead cranes, loaders etc.) at the Finspång site. The Americas operations implemented a new molten metal safety standard encompassing updated personal protective equipment and a new system of routine cast house audits. The operations in Shanghai introduced a new app which employees can use to register unsafe conditions or behaviours and learn about applicable regulations and rules.
Safety training and health services
Gränges works to improve health and safety awareness and skills. This includes providing regular health checks and training in machine safety, personal protective equipment, fire safety, first aid, and emergency response. All employees are covered by accident and sickness insurance. Comprehensive safety training is carried out for all employees at least once a year, and regular courses are provided for production personnel, management and new employees. Production employees receive specific safety training covering aspects such as hand and finger injury prevention. All new employees attend safety training before starting.
Sharing best practice
Gränges actively communicates safety-related information to spread awareness of incidents and prevent them from happening again. To share best practice and harmonize work processes, the company generally conducts internal safety assessments every six months at the sites, focusing on the “critical five” hazard categories, fire safety and environmental matters. Corrective actions are incorporated into the location’s improvement plans and reported to the regional safety committees. Due to the COVID-19 situation and travel restrictions, Gränges only conducted one such assessment in 2020. Gränges also collaborates and shares knowledge with other companies through industry associations to promote better safety. One such example is the European Aluminium task force for safety.
Note: All numbers exclude Gränges Konin and Gränges Powder Metallurgy.
Improved pedestrian safety at the Finspång site
One of the main safety hazards in Gränges’ production facility in Finspång is the potential interaction between pedestrians and mobile equipment (forklifts, overhead cranes, loaders etc.). Since many years, the site has made continuous efforts to improve ‘pedestrian separation’, and recently a strategic decision was taken to speed up the implementation of improvement activities. The project started with a risk assessment, conducted by the EHS staff, project department, managers and union safety representatives, and resulted in a master plan for ‘pedestrian separation’ both indoors and outdoors. Improvements implemented include the re-routing of walkways and eliminating points where pedestrians could interact with mobile equipment pathways. Where needed, walkways have also been protected with heavy rails and gates and a clear colour marking. Most of the workstations are now connected to a safe walkway.
Targets and target fulfilment
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