Golden Result for Hutt Workshops

01 June 2012 1:01PM

Last night KiwiRail’s Hutt Workshops took out the ACC best practice award at the Wellington Gold Awards held at the TSB Arena.

The win recognised the Workshops electrical, maintenance and administration teams achieving 10 years no lost time injury as well as the sites overall work to achieve a zero harm culture.

“The staff at Hutt are rapt, the teams worked extremely hard to achieve 10 years without a lost time injury which is not an easy task considering the nature of the heavy engineering environment they work in,” says Workshops Manager Karl Bouterey.

“I am extremely proud of the change in behaviour towards health and safety at the site over the last decade or so. Staff have really embraced the zero harm culture we are trying to achieve and have come up with some innovative ways to encourage safe working practices.”

“One of the things people find most interesting about the practices at the site is we have work teams doing group stretching exercises before their shifts. It can look a little strange, a group of men and women in overalls doing lunges but it is things like this that have really made a difference at the site.”  

“It is no secret that heavy industry in New Zealand including rail has a tragic background. A few years back we started focusing on getting a better understanding of the incidents that were occurring so that we could work to isolate and eliminate the contributing hazards. What we found was that most incidents were the result of a task repeatedly being undertaken incorrectly.”

“In order to change this we have invested a lot of time into ensuring staff have the correct training and support to get it right. After all we want our staff to come to work, do their job and go home to their families at the end of each day as fit and well as when they started the shift. For us, safety is as important as quality, cost, meeting deadlines and customer service.”

The Hutt Workshops employ 185 full time staff and have a long history of rail engineering, operating as a locomotive manufacturing and maintenance facility since 1929.

In recent years, Hutt Workshops main focus has been overhaul programmes and refurbishment projects, of which many are extensive and require the facilities specialist skills, capabilities, plant and tooling.

“The workshops are continuing to deliver some significant results with staff working above and beyond to meet deadlines. For instance last month alone we worked on 14 locomotives and also remanufactured over 1000 industry critical components.”

The Gold Award was presented to Hutt Workshops by Associate Minister for ACC Craig Foss.

The Gold Award will be proudly displayed at the Workshops along with a plaque the site recently received to recognise the 10 year lost time injury free achievement.

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Media contact: Candice Johanson, Senior Communications Advisor, 021 804 906 or 04 498 3383