Chris Mee Group was contacted by a large plastics manufacturing facility that had an accident during a refit where a new plastic mould was dropped and damaged. There were no injuries in this case but the expensive mould had to be replaced The company was as a result now facing enormous increases in their premiums due not only to this accident but to their overall poor H&S record which included numerous accidents and seven separate prosecutions.
Chris Mee Group met with the client and recommended a REAL accident investigation not only to determine the root cause and contributory factors of the accident but also to recommend new controls in order to prevent another recurrence of similar events. The resulting Safety Management System would save the company from further avoidable costs in the future, whether in human loss (fatalities or injuries), or financial loss (damage to equipment or raw material or product, etc). The correct implementation of identified practical corrective measures would also ensure the company would makes direct savings by reductions in insurance premiums. The accident investigation service from Chris Mee Group included site visits, documentation reviews and interviews of key managers and staff. Chris Mee Group consultants guided the company through the accident investigation process in an independent, non-judgmental manner. The investigation clearly identified some major cultural H&S issues. Traditionally there had been no changes in procedures or behaviors even after multiple injuries and prosecutions. The employees were also aware of, but didn’t comprehend, the high cost of premiums and poor risk management. Once the investigation was carried out Chris Mee Group consultants drafted an improvement plan. This plan clearly indicated the hazards and the controls measures that had to be implemented to minimise risk. Chris Mee Consultants then worked the client in implementing the plan in a pragmatic and commercially viable way.
Chris Mee Group 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.