Taking workplace health and safety seriously
KINGAROY'S Astill's Electrical Services have won the Darling Downs business award for employee training two years in a row, thanks to their extensive focus on workplace safety.
Their electrical supervisor Jay Hilsley said workplace and employee health and safety training was a matter the company took very seriously.
"At the start of the day you want to make sure you have procedures set in place to ensure you make it home at the end of the day,” Mr Hilsley said.
"We have a fair bit of initial training and ongoing training to keep everyone safe.
"Everyone working with us has to keep their first aid, CPR, working at heights, and switch board rescue up to date.”
Mr Hilsely said employees put aside time to update these courses together as a team, yearly or every six months as required.
"We also have what we call a monthly tool box meeting where we all get together as a team and look further into a particular health and safety issue,” he said.
"For example we might focus on switch board use and the safety around that one month and then removing asbestos the next.”
Mr Hilsely said it was important to him as a supervisor to know his team would be approaching onsite jobs safely.
"I want to make sure that if something were to happen our off-siders are trained enough to step in and save your life,” he said.
"Electricians have a pretty high-risk workplace usually, so it's important for us to eliminate most of these risks going into the work-site. We do this through a job-safety-analysis.
"But you never know when there could be a one off event where something might go wrong. So it's really important for us to have the training to look after who ever has been injured.”
When it comes to workplace injuries, timing can be everything.
"If they can look after the injured worker onsite then that will definitely improve their chances if it is something bad,” Mr Hilsely said.