Establishing a strong workplace safety culture in Korea

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A series of preventative measures has created a safer workplace for employees in South Korea.

Challenge

ASSA ABLOY’s door closer plant in South Korea, is a manufacturer door closers and floor springs with approximately 200 shop floor workers. A focus on productivity, with new machinery, had resulted in an unacceptable level of safety-related incidents.

Solution

The South Korean team decided to establish a strong workplace safety culture to change the mindset and attitude of our employees. Every morning before work begins, a routine sees employees remind themselves that safety is our number one priority and everyone’s responsibility. In addition, two major safety programs have been introduced since 2017. A ‘near-miss’ program has been expanded to identify unsafe conditions and 670 potential hazards have been recognized and addressed. A safety assessment for all facilities in the plant has been implemented and 327 identified hazards have been resolved.

Result

Through these continuous safety enhancement activities, the time lost through injuries has fallen by more than 90% compared with 2015. Everyone has changed their attitude towards safety, taking responsibility to create a safer workplace.