Sometimes people immediately turn defensive when someone mentions that our goal is ZERO
incidents. Words like impossible, never, and can’t come to mind. Nobody Gets Hurt has been a phrase that we’ve used to help convey the ZERO incidents goal for a few years now.
The Shelly Company introduced a new safety program in 2016 that will help us reach ZERO incidents, by increasing awareness and employee engagement at all locations: Full Circle of Safety whiteboards for T5 discussions.
Last August, The Shelly Company undertook a Safety Opinion Survey of all of our employees and created teams from each business unit to review the results and offer suggestions for improvement of our safety culture. One of the suggestions that all of our teams agreed on was using a whiteboard to conduct and record their morning T5 discussions. Whiteboards were distributed to several foremen as a trial last fall and produced productive results.
At the Shelly safety team’s Best Practices meeting last winter, Scott Oberholzer, safety director for the Ready Mix team, introduced the idea of the Full Circle of Safety, a way to use whiteboards to help each crew focus on their individual tasks and successfully complete the day with zero incidents. The Shelly safety team created pie chart decals for the whiteboards illustrating the Full Circle of Safety and added reminders on the board for our Fundamentals for Fatality Elimination and the Risks That Kill.