SMT distribution centre achieves top safety award

Recording an impressive 500 accident-free days sees Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT) achieve its “best practice” safety target at its Distribution Centre in Halesowen. Safety is not just a local issue, but one that Sandvik is committed to globally, as a number one priority.

Back in March 2012 a company-wide safety programme was launched designed to engender a safer working environment throughout SMT. An intrinsic part of that programme is an award as a mark of distinction, presented to units and work places within the group that achieve over 500 days without accidents.

 “Our goal is that as many units as possible within SMT will achieve 500 accident-free days,” explained Jonas Gustavsson, formerly President of Sandvik Materials Technology. “It is one important method of pointing out that safety has top priority at SMT and to continually encourage the importance of safety.”
In order to calculate accident free days the ratio of Lost Time Injury (LTI) is used in relation to accidents which lead to absence from work.

“Safety has always been high on our agenda throughout the company and we are all extremely focused on safety issues and safe methods of working,” explained Kevin Burden, Sandvik Distribution Centre Manager at Halesowen. “To achieve this award now is very gratifying and the fact that our procedures have been recognised as a ‘best practice’ is brilliant news for the whole team at Halesowen.”

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