Process vs culture, no contest
Wednesday 15 June 2016
Managing Director and founder of Team Engineering in Mackay Jim Hegerty, says both culture and process played an important part in how they achieved more than 300,000 human-hours without a lost time injury or reportable incident on a recent high-risk construction project.
As part of the commissioning of Anglo American’s new Grosvenor mine, Team Engineering were required to lift and transport more than 4000 tonnes of structural steel first from Mackay Port to Moranbah, then from Moranbah to site where it was finally erected.
Their achievements saw them named winner of the Safety Foremost Award category in the recent Resource Industry Network Chairman’s Awards.
Reflecting on the award, Mr Hegerty told Shift Miner you need both the right processes and culture to operate safely and that employees need to be empowered to engage with supervisors about issues that emerge.
“The culture is to follow the procedure,” he said.
“Procedures are not set because someone wants to write a book about them, procedures are usually put together because they have worked in the past and we use a lot of procedures to keep our people safe.
“I don’t think what we did [at Grosvenor] was different, on any job we do an overall project risk assessment at the start and even at the tender stage, and this job highlighted the risk aspects of many many lifts.”
Looking to the future, Mr Hegerty remains optimistic, although he acknowledges that the consensus about there being a new reality is accurate.
Since starting in 1989, he says Team Engineering has been through downturns before, but he says this one is probably different because of the steepness of the fall and the height from which it started.
“I’ve seen some significant downturns, but I think there is going to be less players in our field of operation in the future,” he said.
“It’s probably close to the bottom now, but there will be a mining industry in and around Mackay for many years to come.”
If you would like to hear more from Mr Hegerty and his team, talk about how the business got its start, and where it sees the future click here.
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