In 2015, Troldtekt’s safety organisation was put to the test by a serious accident. Following the incident, Troldtekt has checked safety at the factory and launched several new initiatives.
Safety is an integral part of the working day at Troldtekt, which is committed to preventing accidents and work-related injuries through safety committees, workplace assessments and first-aid courses. When Troldtekt, despite extensive preventive measures, experienced a serious accident in 2015, the emergency procedures were put into effect both during and after the accident.
– One of our employees was distracted by a call on his mobile and stepped out into the designated area for fork-lift trucks. This happened at the same time that a fully loaded fork-lift was being driven along the roadway. The fork-lift operator had to perform an emergency stop, and the employee was trapped when the load from the fork-lift fell onto his foot. His colleagues immediately provided the correct first aid, and our emergency response was also activated in order to provide psychological crisis help. Fortunately, the employee mercifully did not suffer serious injury as a result of the accident, which obviously affected everyone at the factory, says Orla Jepsen, factory manager.
Safety rules adjusted
Following the accident, Troldtekt’s safety committee and the management both decided to conduct a safety review at the factory to find out whether the existing safety rules needed revising. The process examined potential safety risks, with the frequent use of fork-lift trucks a particular focus area.
- The review confirmed that using fork-lift trucks is one of the biggest risk factors in our production. When a fork-lift is fully loaded, the driver has very poor forward visibility, and it is not possible to drive backwards in this area. Therefore, in close consultation with the safety committee and the affected employees, we decided to adjust a number of our safety rules, says Orla Jepsen.