How a high-risk company achieved 1,000 days without an accident
Winder Power, a UK company that manufactures transformers and generators, recently reached a milestone by recording 1,000 days without a reportable accident or lost-time incident. The Leeds-based firm has not had a reportable incident resulting in lost work time for any of the technicians, engineers or other personnel working in the facility since 2012. This record extends to all of Winder’s projects across the UK and worldwide, as well as within its own state-of-the-art factory in Leeds.
The company attributes an improvement in its safety culture by a focus on key causes of accidents as well as staff attitudes to safety and through setting targets both for employees and sub-contractors. These efforts have communicated that Winder Power places safety at the forefront of everything they do and have focused individual ownership of safety in daily work practices – ensuring a positive approach by staff and a lack of complacency.
“Our good safety record is a huge achievement for me personally,” said Laurence MacKenzie, Group Managing Director. “Since joining Winder Power in 2011, this is the longest we have gone without a reportable incident and this success can be attributed to the diligent people we have at Winder. I am delighted our customers, and potential customers, know that any project we undertake is completed to the highest degree of safety and standards.”
Winder said the achievement is a great internal employee boost. Last month, the company received the prestigious annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards, hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The silver award was achieved at the first time of applying.
Jim Stockwell, Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at Winder Power, said safety is a top priority at the company.
“We intend to continue to look for new ways to improve our safety procedures for the benefit or our staff and customers, and ensure that our safety record is maintained year-on-year.”
With a history dating back to 1898, all Winder products continue to be designed, hand wound and assembled at the company’s 80,000 square foot factory in Leeds.