One morning a few years ago I was carrying out a safety audit in a plastics factory. I was adjacent to the moulding area of the factory when I heard a very loud bang nearby. This loud bang was immediately followed by several people shouting. I went closer to see if there was anyone hurt and to see if I could help. On arrival at the source of the noise I saw an engineer and two fitters standing near a plastics moulding machine.
I was told by the engineer that the following had happened. The three men had been scheduled to insert a reconditioned mould into a plastics injection moulding machine that morning. The reconditioned mould itself is a very large solid piece of metal that weighed perhaps half a tonne. The change procedure required lifting the mould with a chain block. Unfortunately, during the lifting operation the chain block failed and the mould came crashing to the ground causing the loud noise. Luckily nobody had been hurt during the mishap but all three people close by were a little startled to say the least !!
I asked the engineer if he would be investigating the accident. His answer was interesting “because no one was hurt – we don’t investigate”. I pointed out that if a recurrence happened there would be a very high risk of serious injury. Getting lucky on this occasion does not guarantee luck the next time !! and also the cost of further damage to equipment i.e. the mould. The engineer acknowledged this.
I then asked the engineer a financial (or risk management) question i.e. “How much would it cost to repair the mould?. The answer was VERY interesting to me – he said “not sure really – but the last time this happened it cost us €30k”.
For me an investigation and control measures were badly needed. Why? Because both the possibility of future serious injury and the high cost associated with a recurrence. In addition to the cost of the mould repair there was impact on production time !!
In this instance we did carry out an investigation and implemented a number of simple, cheap and practical control measures including checks on all loose tackle and lifting machines. The MD of the workplace was unaware of these hidden costs in his very high maintenance budget. He is now delighted to carry out such accident investigations.
Do you know about all the hidden costs of accidents in YOUR workplace?
Can you afford to ignore such accidents and associated costs?
|wpfront-notification-bar-landingpage||session||This cookie is set by WPFront Notification Bar WordPress plugin. The cookie is used to determine whether the visitors have decded o show or hide any current notification bars on the website.|
|__utmc||session||The cookie is set by Google Analytics and is deleted when the user closes the browser. The cookie is not used by ga.js. The cookie is used to enable interoperability with urchin.js which is an older version of Google analytics and used in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine new sessions/visits.|
|__utmt||10 minutes||The cookie is set by Google Analytics and is used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmv||2 years||This cookie is set by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store visitor-level custom variable data and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
|__utmz||6 months||This cookie is set by Google analytics and is used to store the traffic source or campaign through which the visitor reached your site.|
|CONSENT||16 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours 3 minutes||These cookies are set via embedded youtube-videos. They register anonymous statistical data on for example how many times the video is displayed and what settings are used for playback.No sensitive data is collected unless you log in to your google account, in that case your choices are linked with your account, for example if you click “like” on a video.|
|IDE||1 year 24 days||Used by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile.|
|test_cookie||15 minutes||This cookie is set by doubleclick.net. The purpose of the cookie is to determine if the user's browser supports cookies.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||5 months 27 days||This cookie is set by Youtube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website.|
|YSC||session||This cookies is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos.|
|yt-remote-connected-devices||never||These cookies are set via embedded youtube-videos.|
|yt-remote-device-id||never||These cookies are set via embedded youtube-videos.|
|yt.innertube::nextId||never||These cookies are set via embedded youtube-videos.|
|yt.innertube::requests||never||These cookies are set via embedded youtube-videos.|
|383aeadb58||session||Used by Zoho forms on form submission|
|663a60c55d||session||Identifies the visitor across devices and visits, in order to optimize the chat-box function on the website|
|6e4b8efee4||session||No description available.|
|cmsetraining-_zldp||2 years||This cookie identifies the unique visitors for the website|
|cmsetraining-_zldt||1 day||This cookie identifies unique visits for a visitor in the website|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional||1 year||The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".|
|e188bc05fe||session||No description available.|
|gclid||1 month||Google Click ID (GCLID) is a parameter passed in the URL with ad clicks, to identify the campaign and other attributes of the click associated with the ad for ad tracking and campaign attribution|
|iamcsr||session||Ensures visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery.|
Allows customers to dismiss the Store Notice.
Stores a randomly-generated anonymous ID. This is only used within the dashboard (
Helps WooCommerce determine when cart contents/data changes.
Count of suggestion dismissals, if enabled.
Helps WooCommerce determine when cart contents/data changes.
Powers the Recent Viewed Products widget.
Allows dashboard users to dismiss Marketplace suggestions, if enabled.
Contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer.