Gates Australia celebrates 1000 days of safety
The writing was on the wall for Gates Australia with all eyes focused over the past few weeks on the ‘Days Since Lost Time Injury’ board. On 16 March, that board proudly declared that Gates Australia had reached 1000 days without a lost time injury.
This significant milestone is the result of years of dedication by Gates Australia employees to creating a safe work environment.
Warehouse Manager Geremy Tassone said, “At GAPL, our motto is ‘Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility’. We reinforce this basic principle and strive for continuous improvement through the execution of Gates Corporate and Australian safety standards. None of this would be possible without the support of empowered, engaged and diligent employees. I thank them for their efforts and focus on an improved safety culture.
Many safety initiatives have been implemented at Gates Australia, including a revised pre-shift exercise routine. ergonomic workshops with consultants from Move4Life warehouse procedure training included in all new staff inductions, improved housekeeping and hazard identification, the installation of safety barriers around walkways and adoption of industry best practices for forklift operators and warehouse packers.
Gates Australia Managing Director Carl McGowan said it was a day for all Gates Australia staff to be proud of.
“All Australasian employees have contributed to this with their support and diligence. This is a really significant milestone and one that many other workplaces don’t achieve. It is a testament to our dedication to creating a safe workplace and to the culture that all employees share in – the collegiality, the friendship and the attitude that we all have towards our work here, no matter what area of the business we work in.”
The achievement was commemorated with a morning tea for all staff in the warehouse.
Now, all Gates Australia eyes turn to the next milestone: three full years without a Lost Time Injury, due to be reached on 20 June 2017.