In this industry, ongoing safety initiatives are imperative to a company’s success. The importance of workplace safety is stated within Cargill’s guiding principles and is supported by multiple programmes across the company aimed at minimizing risks and building a culture of safety. Since 2013 Cargill has established a strategy, called Focus on LIFE (Life-altering Injury and Fatality Elimination), with a target to establish injury-free facilities.
One element of the strategy is traffic safety, where Cargill wants to adopt a zero-risk strategy to eliminate the chance of accidents and protect its employees.
Royal HaskoningDHV was thus brought on board to develop a Site Traffic Management Plan, based on a Site Traffic Hazard Assessment for the Izegem production location in Belgium, with the intention to roll out worldwide in support of Cargill’s strategy.
Cargill selected its production site in Izegem, Belgium as the pilot location, as this is a complex site that presented a number of challenges. Izegem’s features include warehousing, bottling, inbound and outbound trucks and a canal that divides the site.
The site therefore requires careful management, with consideration for aspects such as infrastructure, human behaviour and vehicle movement. A key focus was on vehicle and pedestrian interaction, blind spots and encouraging people to be more vigilant of their surroundings.
The pilot on performing the site traffic hazard assessment and management plan for Izegem would demonstrate its effectiveness, ensuring that the plans can be easily adapted and rolled out subsequently across the global Cargill operations.
Royal HaskoningDHV undertook the design of the Site Traffic Hazard Assessment and Site Traffic Management Plan. Priorities included addressing pedestrian – vehicle interactions, blind spots, vigilance and clustering of activities to create clear and safe pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, cars, trucks and other site users in order to avoid these hazards.
According to Evert Klem, Project Manager from Royal HaskoningDHV in the Netherlands, “Cargill’s commitment to site traffic safety is a world-class example of how employers should commit to sending their employees and contractors home safely every day. From local management to employees on the work floor, the Cargill team not only showed great interest in our approach but took the initiative to collaborate, pointing out risks and identifying mitigation measures throughout. Their insights enriched our analysis and plans.”
Royal HaskoningDHV’s aim is to set high standards for site traffic safety with this report and the ambition is for Cargill’s other production sites to follow suit by adhering to the same standards, thereby improving site traffic safety across the company worldwide.
By gaining a greater understanding of what they can each do to minimize risk, Cargill’s employees not only look after themselves, but also their colleagues, contractors and visitors on site.
The plan is now complete and is in its first stages of implementation at the Izegem site. The blueprint for this Site Traffic Hazard Assessments and Management Plan has since been adopted across more than 25 Cargill sites worldwide, spanning Europe, US and Asia, to determine safety measures needed, by the end of 2019.