Blog Post

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.

Steve Penny, Corporate HSE Manager at Standard Scaffold, 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.

A Little More About Steve Penny, Our Corporate HSE Manager

Steve has been in the oil and gas industry for over 28 years. Last year, he joined Standard Scaffold, bringing years of past safety management development and implementation experience with him. Steve is also a certified journeyman scaffolder. Responsible for the Health, Safety, and Environmental Management system at Standard Scaffold, he’s tried and tested a lot of methods and processes in his career. We’re happy to have him with us as he rounds the corner to implementing the best solutions he’s come up with yet.

One of these solutions is the proactive changes to safety policies required for compliance to Bill 30, a change to OHS safety legislation so widespread, it requires its own legislation. This marks the first time since 1976 that OHS has rewritten the Act, Regulations, and Code. 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,” Steve 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?” Steve 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. According to Steve, the 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 jobsite 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. “Realistically though,” Steve says, “the end goal is Zero Harm. We want to prevent all harm to people, property, and the environment.”

Thanks for helping us do that, Steve!