Genie Australia is one of the largest manufacturers of aerial lifting equipment in the world. Genie has developed a wide range of elevated work platforms to enable safe work at heights.
Genie Australia was experiencing high injury levels and difficulty overcoming the culture of accepting injuries as part of doing business.
To address this, Genie Australia implemented a range of new safety practices including:
- a full ergonomics audit on work stations
- daily 'stand up' meetings to provide a forum for health and safety issues
- appointing a part-time workplace health and safety advisor and safety representatives in each state
- establishing a health, safety and environment steering committee to provide national strategy and direction
- a national safety day
- setting a mandatory standard for the use personal protection equipment
- introducing the 'challenging unsafe behaviours card' program
- near miss and hazard reporting
- a 'Take 5' risk assessment booklet for field service technicians and workshop fitters where staff carry out five safety checks before commencing a task.
Since the introduction of these safety measures, Genie Australia has received positive feedback from its customer base and improved employee morale. The company's injury rate has reduced to 2.27 (down from 23.35 in 2010), and their lost time injury rate to zero (from 16.98 in 2010).