Since 2008 when the Near Miss Hazard Alert (NMHA) scheme began at Stanton Bonna the reduction in accidents and incidents has been phenomenal – they have reduced by over 90%!!
Which is great but there is still room for improvement and our aim is to get to ZERO HARM.
The NMHA initiative engages the whole workforce. It encourages the 162 employees to complete a NMHA card to inform the Health & Safety Department of a potential near miss or hazard. Examples include unsafe equipment, regular spills and unsafe practices – appropriate actions or new procedures can then be put in place.
Stanton Bonna donates £1 to a designated charity for each card submitted. This year the Health & Safety Committee, which includes management and staff representatives, selected the Nottingham Hospitals Charity in support of Neonatal Units.
Colin Richardson kindly rounded up the donations to £500 for this worthy cause.
As an added incentive for submitting the cards staff are automatically entered into a free prize draw. Each month a winner is drawn for a prize of £25 worth of vouchers. Then once a year all those who have entered cards in at least 4 months out of the previous 12 are automatically entered into the annual draw.
This years winners were:
1st Prize went to Richard Colbourne from the Maintenance Department.
2nd Prize was won by Dick Gilmour from the Large Diameter Pipe Department.
3rd Prize went to Stewart Boughen.
Chris Taylor from Stanton Bonna presenting the cheque to Nick Lawford from Nottingham Hospitals Charity
In 2015 the Health & Safety Committee, which includes management and staff representatives, selected the charity Help for Heroes.
A total of 408 cards were submitted so £408 was presented to Paula Allen, the Derbyshire county coordinator from Help for Heroes.
She said “Congratulations to everyone for a massive reduction in NMHA related incidents.
The funds raised will make a significant difference to many lives, which could be through our sports recovery programme, hidden wounds project, recovery centres, individual grants or our quick reaction fund.
I wish you ever success in reaching your goal of zero harm in the NMHA scheme and thank you all once again.”
Find out more about the valuable support provided at www.helpforheroes.org.uk.
As a reward for submitting the cards staff are automatically entered into a free prize draw. Each month a winner is drawn for a prize of £25 worth of vouchers. Then once a year all those who have entered cards in at least 4 months out of the previous 12 are automatically entered into the annual draw.
Prizes and winners were:
1st Prize went to Keith Knowles from the Maintenance Department and he has yet to decide which prize he wants from either a flat screen television, a week’s paid holiday, a laptop computer or tablet, or a weekend away for two.
2nd Prize was won by Chris Monsheimer from the Large Diameter Pipe Department who received an iPad Mini 2.
3rd Prize went to Paul Moore from the Stores Department who won a Hudl Tablet.
In 2014 vigilant engineer Gary Hewitt won two prizes for helping Stanton Bonna reduce accidents and promote health and safety in the workplace.
The scheme produced a record 728 entries, which showed that more staff were getting involved in their own safety at the premises in Littlewell Lane, where a draw was held.
Twenty-eight-year Gary, of Horsley Woodhouse, won the first prize from a selection of a flat screen television, a week’s paid holiday, a laptop computer or tablet, or weekend for two. He also won third prize of a mobile phone.
Second prize of an i-pad mini was won by CAD technician Nick Baxter, of Spondon.
The success of the scheme meant that the company gave a cheque for £758 – one pound for every entry submitted and £30 generously donated from employee Hugh Logan which he won in the Stanton Bonna Safety Day quiz – to Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College in Stratford Street, Cotmanhay.
The college, which caters for youngsters from 2-16 was chosen from one of six nominated causes by the firm’s health and safety committee.
The money went to create an adventure playground for 7 to 11-year-olds at the school. One of the pupils, 11-year-old Josh Taylor, who with friends had chosen equipment for the playground, helped with the prize draw, as did another pupil, 15-year-old Abigail McGuinness.
School headteacher Debbie Gerring thanked the company and the workers for their efforts.
“We are a proud part of our community and we are delighted with the support of Stanton Bonna as a valued member of the community, to help realise the project with our young people,” she said.
Stanton Bonna’s Operations Director Rob Fifer said he was pleased with the way that the company’s health and safety record had improved dramatically.
In 2007, as the near miss hazard alert scheme was being introduced there were 258 working days lost because of industrial accidents. By last year this had been reduced by 85 per cent to only 41 days, and after six months of this year Stanton Bonna can report no lost days at all through accidents.
“Our commitment to health and safety has been proven not just with these improving figures but with the many prestigious industry awards we receive*,” he said. “Our aim is for all our staff to be ‘zero harm heroes’ and for Stanton Bonna to be the industry leader in health and safety in the UK.”