Waste management expert Zoomlion Ghana Limited has launched its maiden safety week, with a call on workers to adhere to the company’s health and safety regulations.
The week-long celebration was launched at the company’s head office in Accra, on the theme ‘Promoting a Safety Culture through Best Safety Practices’.
The Deputy Managing Director of Zoomlion, Mrs. Gloria Opoku Anti – who officially launched ten safety rules for adherence by staff in a statement, said considering the frightening global statistics for safety at the workplace, the company has shown strong commitment in developing a sustainable safety culture for workers.
“According to the 2017 research by the International Labour Organisation, at least 7,671 people die every day at the workplace from injuries they sustain in the line of duty; and close to 374 million non-fatal injuries are also recorded. So, it is important to adopt the best safety practice in order to protect lives and properties,” she pointed out.
She said even though her outfit recognises that general safety is an individual responsibility, the company has rolled out ‘world-class’ safety regulations and provides the necessary equipment that enables workers to effectively discharge their duties.
Mrs. Opoku Anti said Zoomlion will continue its focus on building knowledge, capabilities and raising awareness for workers – enabling them to recognise and eliminate risks before they occur.
“To enable us avoid the spread of disease and manage the stress-levels of workers, we have invested heavily in our safety management by meeting international requirements and systems,” she added.
The Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs of Zoomlion, Emma Akyea-Boakye, revealed that measures have been put in place for employees to work within an enhanced safety environment.
Mrs. Akyea-Boakye unveilled the company’s 10 safety rules to improve safety awareness at Zoomlion and other subsidiaries of the Jospong Group of Companies.
Addressing media on the sidelines of the event, Health and Safety Consultant Atta Abboah disclosed that an 18-member committee has been formed to ensure that all safety regulations are strictly adhered to.
“In order to ensure that all four characteristics of health and safety regulations are observed, we have decided to form a committee to conduct a general inspection on the third Thursday of every month to eliminate accidents in the company,” he added.
He added that during the week-long celebration, medical screening, fire-fighting training and stress-management activities will be organised to raise awareness among workers.