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Engaged employees own The Jetty Specialist’s safety transformation

When marina infrastructure builders, The Jetty Specialist's workplace injury costs began rising, it turned to the group who could make a difference to safety— its employees. With rapid growth, The Jetty Specialist was experiencing a high volume of injuries as employees pushed hard to keep up with customer demands.

While Business Manager, Lea Scott, understood the best way to stop the injuries was to encourage everyone to talk about and 'own' safety, she also turned to the Office of Industrial Relations' Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program.

With IPaM, The Jetty Specialist formalised pre-planning of all work activities to ensure adequate resourcing and task specific training, risk analysis of work activities conducted by forepersons, supervisors and workers and better incident reporting.

The results have been outstanding. The Jetty Specialist has reduced its workers' compensation premium by 50 per cent and reduced injury claim costs by 96 per cent.

'Through working with IPaM, safety is now embedded from inductions through to on-the-job supervision and mentoring,' Lea explained.

The Jetty Specialist identifies and prevents injuries early by engaging all members of its workforce, regardless of their seniority.

'Making sure that our employees clearly understand that safety is everyone's responsibility has been a huge positive for us,' Lea said.

'Now we're encouraging a team reporting environment where it is okay to speak up, we're seeing a rise in hazard and incident identification and prevention.

'We also make sure to celebrate our successes by sharing our injury rate improvement with staff,' she said.

Reflecting on the significant transformation the company has achieved, Lea firmly believes consultation with employees and visible management commitment to protecting workers is essential to a safe workplace.

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Last updated
28 October 2019