Safety is Wells’ number one core value (along with inventive, driven, collaborative). So, what does this mean to our employees and partners? It means going home safe every day, looking out for fellow coworkers and reminding them to work safely, keeping other trades or contractors safe at a job site, inspecting equipment before using, and wearing your PPE (personal protective equipment), to start. While all these examples represent safety, most importantly, safety means communicating and working together to ensure that everyone is doing his/her part to remain safe from hazards.
At Wells, Safety encompasses everything we do, from manufactuing to transportation to erection to sealants. Below highlights the efforts put forth in all divisions and geographic regions this past year and how they have played an instrumental role in our current positive trend and safety record.
A focus on training and communication.
To foster a safe working atmosphere it is important that employee are educated on the best practices, standards and expectations within their team. At Wells we believe that every employee is a safety leader, to instill this message, we have dedicated safety leadership for each of our geographic regions. These team members set monthly goals for toolbox talks, behavior-based observations, inspections and near-miss reporting within their region. Their mission is to spread the message and practices of safe work throughout Wells.
Increased emphasis on near-miss reporting.
We set out with the theory, that if we placed emphasis on increased communication related to safety, we would find a correlation between near-miss reporting and injury/illness prevention. Taking this approach, Wells 2023 safety record has drastically improved over 2022 results. With a focus on bringing attention to safe working practices, we placed an emphasis on improving our near-miss reporting. At the end of October 2023, Wells Safety reported an increase of 147% near-miss reports over this same period in 2022 (chart 1). This effort, resulted in a 52% injury/illness improvement, which is 33 less injuries/illnesses than this period last year (chart 2). We adamantly believe that this was a result of concentrated focus on safety and near-miss communications.