Waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has launched its maiden safety week with a call on workers to adhere to the company’s health and safety regulations.
The week-long celebration, which was launched at the company’s head office in Accra on Monday, is on the theme, “Promoting a Safety Culture through Best Safety Practices.”
Deputy Managing Director of Zoomlion, Mrs Gloria Opoku Anti, said due to the frightening global statistics of injuries at the workplace, the company has shown strong commitment in developing a sustainable safety culture for workers.
“According to the 2017 research by the International Labour Organization, at least 7,671 people die every day at the work place from injuries they sustain in line of duty and close to 374 million non-fatal injuries are also recorded, so it is important to adopt the best safety practice to protect lives and properties,” she said.
She added that even though her outfit recognizes that general safety is an individual responsibility, the company has rolled out “world class” safety regulations and provided the necessary safety equipment to enable workers effectively discharge their duties.
Zoomlion, according to Mrs Opoku Anti, would focus on building knowledge, capabilities and raise awareness for workers to enable them to recognize and eliminate risks before they advance to more serious incidents like accidents.
She also urged work colleagues to look out for each other.
“To enable us avoid the spread of disease and manage the stress levels of workers, we have invested heavily in our safety management by meeting the international requirement and systems,” she added.
“At Zoomlion, we have over 4,000 fleet of vehicles and to avoid regular vehicular accidents, the necessary steps have been taken to prevent that”.
Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Zoomlion, Emma Akyea-Boakye, said measures have been put in place for employees to ensure they put safety first.
She used the opportunity to unveil the company’s 10 safety rules to improve safety awareness at Zoomlion and other subsidiaries of the Jospong Group of Companies.Addressing the media, Health and Safety Consultant, Atta Abboah, disclosed that an 18-member committee has been formed to ensure that all safety regulations are strictly adhered to.
“In order to ensure that all four characteristics of health and safety regulations are observed, we have decided to form a committee to conduct a general inspection on the third Thursday of every month to eliminate accidents in the company,” he added.
He added that during the week-long celebration, medical screening, firefighting training and stress management activities would be organized to raise awareness among workers.