Case Study - Vale Established A Record Low For Work-Related Injuries


Vale Established A Record Low For Work-Related Injuries


"This is an outstanding achievement for us and demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our employees. Measuring the perceptions of our staff to safety was key to understanding where improvements could be made. We won’t be resting on our laurels though, as the challenge now is to sustain this performance and move closer towards our goal of zero harm. The Safety Climate Tool will be instrumental to us achieving this. "

Chris Thomson, Environment
Health and Safety Manager, Vale

The Client

Vale is a global mining company and a leading producer on iron ore, potash, nickel and other base metals.

The Challenge

Vale recognised the impact that improving safety culture could have on their business, i.e. that Health and Safety was every single employee’s concern. The main challenge was to start with assessing the prevailing safety culture within the organisation.

The Solution

The Safety Climate Tool (SCT) was chosen to provide a first impartial analysis of the situation, with a strong focus on key issues. A series of staff focus groups and interviews were run to explore further some areas and to make strong recommendations to Vale leadership team.

The Benefits

In 2010, Vales Clydach’s refinery (Wales) established a new record low on work-related injuries - down 20% over the previous year. The most impressive thing about this statistic was that for the first time in the refinery’s 108-year history, none of the injuries represented a lost-time injury. In other words, none of the employees and contractors missed work due to a work-related injury.


Vale Established A Record Low For Work-Related Injuries


The Client

Vale is a global mining company and a leading producer on iron ore, potash, nickel and other base metals.

The Challenge

Vale recognised the impact that improving safety culture could have on their business, i.e. that Health and Safety was every single employee’s concern. The main challenge was to start with assessing the prevailing safety culture within the organisation.

The Solution

The Safety Climate Tool (SCT) was chosen to provide a first impartial analysis of the situation, with a strong focus on key issues. A series of staff focus groups and interviews were run to explore further some areas and to make strong recommendations to Vale leadership team.

The Benefits

In 2010, Vales Clydach’s refinery (Wales) established a new record low on work-related injuries - down 20% over the previous year. The most impressive thing about this statistic was that for the first time in the refinery’s 108-year history, none of the injuries represented a lost-time injury. In other words, none of the employees and contractors missed work due to a work-related injury.

"This is an outstanding achievement for us and demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our employees. Measuring the perceptions of our staff to safety was key to understanding where improvements could be made. We won’t be resting on our laurels though, as the challenge now is to sustain this performance and move closer towards our goal of zero harm. The Safety Climate Tool will be instrumental to us achieving this. "

Chris Thomson, Environment
Health and Safety Manager, Vale


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