Working towards zero injuries

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A focused safety campaign has resulted in a dramatic drop in working days lost due to injury at ASSA ABLOY’s manufacturing site in Albany, New Zealand.


Health & safety has always been a priority at ASSA ABLOY’s Albany manufacturing site, including numerous H&S initiatives.

Although the number of injuries resulting in lost time was decreasing, the site wanted to challenge itself to take the next step and become injury free: a “zero harm” site.


To ensure that the site was finding out about hazards before they caused accidents, a campaign was introduced to promote the reporting of hazards and near misses. Initially this meant that incident stats had a spike but it enabled the underlying causes to be addressed.

Job breakdown guides were revised to have H&S in the first section and some forms were revised to ensure they were user friendly for all staff – for some of whom English is a second language.
A notice board is updated daily with notifications of hazards, incidents, near misses and time since the last injury resulting in lost time.   

The site now works closely with ACC (Accident Compensation Corp), the government agency that assists with accident rehabilitation, to enable an appropriate plan for any injured employee.  


The days lost through injury dropped 90 percent by the end of Q3 2014 – from 31 days in 2012 to 3 days in 2014 – since the start of the zero harm campaign. 
The site now has an engaged H&S committee, called the Work Safe committee.