At HCC, paramount importance is given to safety at every juncture, every step of the way. The company advocates efforts to achieve 'ZERO reportable injuries' at each work front.
The company has undertaken several initiatives over the years to improve safety performance, including mandatory induction and training programmes, tool box talks, demonstration of usages of personal protective equipment etc.
Besides these initiatives, HCC has undertaken the Proactive Safety Observation Programme (PSOP) which has brought about a paradigm shift in the way safety is observed at all project sites. The PSOP programme analyses the causes of possible accidents, near-misses, unsafe conditions & unsafe acts. Each of these causes is systematically reported and pre-emptive actions are taken to mitigate the chances of an accident.
Going one step further, the company has added a new dimension to its safety programme by introducing the Behaviour-based Safety Programme. Behaviour-based Safety (BBS) emphasizes that employees need to take ownership of their own behaviour. If they behave in an unsafe manner, they are repeatedly made to correct themselves. Both safe and unsafe behaviours are recorded and displayed as learning opportunities. BBS emphasises that unsafe conditions are created by unsafe behaviours.
The purpose of BBS is to identify both safe and at-risk behaviours, identify possibilities for injury, communicate the risk and help identify safer solutions. A BBS steering committee monitors its progress. The feedback process reinforces the use of safe behaviours and helps us determine why certain at-risk behaviours were carried out. Collecting information about at-risk behaviour helps management determine the root cause of such behaviour and helps in developing an action plan to remove the mental barrier causing this behaviour.