Ensuring the safety of each and every worker – everywhere – under all circumstancesAs a global supplier of power plant technology, Siemens realizes projects for customers all over the world. Each project location comes with a unique set of challenges, from differing levels of experience in the local workforce to operations in extreme climates or remote locations. With hundreds of international projects under its belt, Siemens knows that, irrelevant of the situation on the ground, the health and safety of its people is crucial to project success. A low number of accidents is a key figure in measuring the success of such efforts.
The megaproject in Egypt and Siemens' commitment ensuring occupational safety
Siemens' commitment to ensuring everyone has a safe working environment at all times is fueled by one central idea: We want everybody to return to their family and friends as healthy as they were when they started their day. This naturally includes those working for the Siemens megaprojects such as the current one in Egypt. Once completed, the three power plants in Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus, employing an average of over 20,000 people across sites, will boost Egypt's power generation capacity by 45%.
Learning about people to find out what they needOne challenge for a project this size is hiring the right people – and in this case, huge numbers of them. Once the workforce was secured, Siemens safety experts stepped in to analyze the specific skills employees would need to complete their tasks both safely and successfully. The exploration of training needs revealed the gaps that would need to be closed. What may sound easy on paper came with major challenges in reality that made upskilling in matters of safety quite tough.
Conquering cultural barriers with visual communication and practical trainingAt the heart of the safety strategy in Egypt, however, lies a novel approach that leverages visual communication and physical experience: the training program for site workers combines mobile site safety parks and the visual reinvention of manuals, guidelines and training materials.
Mobile, modular and tailored to workers' needs
The mobile site safety parks follow a modular structure of practice models. They are selected to reflect the real-world situations specific to the construction site shown by incident statistics. The workers gain physical experience which supports the training in theory. Participation the practical training is mandatory for everybody working at the site. And, once construction is completed, the safety training parks are disassembled and move to where they are needed next.
Siemens is the first and only player to leverage mobile site safety parks
After just three months of analysis and planning, Siemens set up site safety training parks at all three of its construction sites in Egypt. Since opening in August 2016, each park has trained around 20,000 workers both as part of their induction program and as a form of continued education. In small groups of 20, workers experience – and learn to safely handle – potentially hazardous situations. The keys to successfully retaining what they have learned are sensory experience and muscle memory. When they move on from the Siemens sites in Egypt, local workers are armed with sound safety training and job experience, both of which improve their employability for other projects.
Siemens has set a milestone in health and safety performance: As of May 2018, the Burullus project in Egypt had achieved 45,000,000 working hours without lost-time incidents and over 50,000 workers had been trained at Siemens site safety parks.
Creating safe environments to learn and practice
Sharing knowledge through visual communication
Our key takeaways
An EHS flagship project
We have created a unique safety solution in Egypt
After the success of the safety approach developed for the sites in Burullus, New Capital and Beni Suef in preventing lost-time incidents, Siemens is now planning to adopt it as a blueprint for other construction sites worldwide.