A large multinational pharmaceutical company (name confidential) had a serious accident. An employee fell through a false ceiling and suffered a very serious injury. The site had a HSA visit (HSA = Health and Safety Authority) and action was pending.
The plant management had been formally warned by the HSA of possible court action and prosecution. In addition, the international management of the multi-national had warned the local Irish management of very serious commercial consequences for the site if the company was prosecuted OR if there was a repeat of such serious accidents. There was also a lot of pressure on the local management and the local General Manager personally.
CHRIS MEE GROUP ENGAGED BY THE CLIENT:
The company asked the Chris Mee Group to assist them in resolving the problem. The brief was two-fold.
1. to make every effort to keep the prosecution from happening and
2. to set up a safety management system that would reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of such a serious accident.
THE SOLUTION FROM CHRIS MEE GROUP:
Our consultants firstly advised the management of the Pharmaceutical plant on how best to minimise the risk of being prosecuted. By engaging in a pro-active way with the HSA and with help from our consultants the company was successful in keeping out of a prosecution situation.
We then assisted and advised the client on setting up a robust safety management system. A detailed gap analysis of the existing systems was carried out. This included numerous site visits, documentation reviews, interviews of key managers and staff, etc. Once the gap analysis was carried out, our consultants produced an improvement plan. This plan indicated the hazards identified and the controls that had to be implemented.
This implementation phase took place over a lengthy period and was designed to minimise the risk of accidents and also to demonstrate that the client now had the sufficient controls in place. We then supported the client in quickly implementing the plan in a pragmatic and commercially viable way. At the same time we represented the client in dealing with the HSA, the client’s Insurance companies and in preparing the client for potential civil claims.
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