28 Aug 2018
There are eight nominations in the running for the Safety Award 2018! IADC is proud to announce the next nomination is Safe on stairs – Use handrails by DEME. The winner will be announced on 15 September 2018.
Safe on stairs – Use handrails by DEME
Incident trend analysis indicated some recurring incidents, with personal injury, related to the use of staircases on board of vessels. Also at the offices, staircase incidents occurred with serious consequences. The root causes of these incidents brought up the behavioral aspects and the fact that the handrails of the staircase at DEME’s main personnel entrance in Zwijndrecht (Belgium), were not up to standard.
The question is how can we persuade our personnel to give a good example and use these handrails?
The opportunity was taken to experiment with technical changes of the handrails and testing the results of the changes at the same time. The results were measured by short and simple samples during the week.
- The first technical change was the replacement of the original steel handrails by more comfortable, wooden alternatives. This resulted in an immediate usage increase of 20%.
- Since employees could walk in the middle of the stairway, without a handrail within reach, the next technical change was the installation of two additional handrails. This led to an extra improvement of almost 30%.
After an unexpected decline in use, a simple poster campaign was launched to introduce the public to the desired target.
The use of handrails increased up to 75% in less than a few weeks’ time. Since the start of the campaign, there have been no stair-related incidents at head office.