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How Standard Scaffold Achieved Nine Years Without Any LTI’s

Zero Lost Time Incidents in over 2,000,000 Man Hours

This was the main item on a list of five safety wins Standard Scaffold has seen this year. Other significant achievements include the successful implementation of a dropped objects prevention program, 100% harmonization with new changes rolled out by Bill 30, and an in-depth overhaul of the claims management system.

Standard Scaffold's Corporate HSE Manager put out the Top Five Safety Wins report last week to all employees. Reflecting on those wins keeps us motivated to continue with our progress to safer worksites. It also keeps us on top of systems and programs that prevent incidents.


Standard as a leader in safety is not by accident

Our proactive approach to Bill 30, a change to OHS safety legislation, quickly demonstrates our leadership. Standard Scaffold was prepared in advance and had implemented these changes prior to June 1st. Much of this was thanks to stringent HSE guidelines processes that we already had in place.

“We are leading the pack and will continue to hold a sustainable and competitive business advantage through leadership engagement, continuous improvement, and excellence in health, safety, and environmental management,” SSI's Corporate HSE Manager notes of the changes Standard Scaffold has already made and implemented for Bill 30.

The Game Plan = Focus on the People

As far as we’re concerned, policies are only as good as the people following them. That’s why every safety change starts with the people. The question isn’t as much about “how do we word this?” as it is “how do we make it happen every day?” Standard's team says the answer starts with shifting the mindset from solely driving production to focusing on our people; an equal balance.

This is why Standard Scaffold teams take a systems and leadership approach to HSE. When a manager or supervisor shows through actions, credibility, and demonstration that a system works, people get on board. Even better, those who get on board then have the opportunity to demonstrate their own leadership. Everyone is held accountable with measurable deliverables, from managers, to supervisors, to craft employees.

One example is the new dropped objects prevention program. This system has already gone a long way for reducing loss, just by helping people understand the value in observing everything at an elevation. It’s a simple habit to establish, but it’s actually harder to do than you’d think. Providing the right balance of guidance and leadership opportunities for every person on a job site helps uphold safety across the board. We keep it light on site by reminding others to get with “the program,” but there’s a serious warning at the end of it ‘the potential consequence(s) i.e. personal injury’, and we all take it seriously at the end of the day.

The End Goal = Zero Harm

Industry leading safety statistics and big wins are great, but in reality, it’s every person in the company going home safe, sound and happy that tells us we’re doing a good job.