by Bopcons | Apr 21, 2020 | Risk, Safety, SMME

BopCons has safety entrenched as its top priority as well as an ongoing approach to safety through our risk reduction program. SAFCEC and BopCons started a joint project with this in mind in order to enhance safety on sites. In addition to improving the safety of procedures on sites, the goal of the program is to incorporate safety and risk reduction as a fundamental approach to work. Implementation of the program across site processes aimed to track improvements whilst simultaneously culminate a prizegiving for the best performers.

Changing behaviours

A change in behaviour was the basis of the risk reduction program as opposed to a strict set of rules that demands maximum compliance. Other initiatives generally tried in the past differs completely from this approach. Similar projects were primarily based on specific outcomes, for example, reducing the number of services damaged on site.

At the start of the risk reduction program, I asked the members of the workforce if anyone believed in an incident-free environment. No one raised their hand. Realistically, neither could I. With the task of changing attitudes ahead of us, we set out on the program which overlapped the December shut down. A blessing in disguise as we usually see a natural increase in incidents after an extended break due to a relaxing of attitudes. Thanks to the program, this year was certainly different.


I believe our biggest successes came from our SMMEs. Although not the overall winners, many achieved the bi-weekly awards for best performing team. During production meetings, it became encouraging to hear how time was concurrently set aside for improving safety on site. Especially when taking into account that these processes had seldomly happened before. Finally, the allocated timeframe slowly decreased from half a day to just thirty minutes a day. For this reason, it became clear that safety had become part of the daily activities. Not to mention the equally important decrease in time frames for safety implementation.



Firstly, a personal vote of thanks goes out to the management of Lovedonia Enterprises, an SMME that struggled due to many factors beyond their control. After beginning with a score of just 69%, this SMME excelled through the intervention of BopCons management along with their own efforts. At the end of the program, they finished on a score of 94%. What an incredible achievement! Furthermore, the biggest improvement was in their employee’s individual attitudes towards safety on site.

Secondly, a big thank you to Kobus and the SAFCEC team for their input and guidance. They have designed a program which is effective at changing the mindsets of participants. Even though it’s easier to correct mistakes than attitudes, the results show the effectiveness of the program in doing so. I have personally noticed how safety has become a constant topic when discussing productions and planning. Risk assessments have improved in terms of the quality of risks identified and the attention to detail. Near misses are constantly reported, which gives us an indication that risks are constantly being considered during activities.

Overall, the risk reduction program was an undertaking that showed impressive results. All teams involved can take this knowledge with them when moving to other sites. Above all, it will remain the duty of senior managers to drive what was learnt every day. In conclusion, we must continuously make safety a habit rather than an afterthought.

Fabio Bento

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