With the expanding global workforce, companies are increasingly faced with misalignment between the HSE competencies acquired during the initial onboarding program for the new comers and the competencies required during the first 18 months of their assignment in the field.
Lifting, slinging and pressure handling are some of the tasks that new field personnel are required to do in their daily job assignment by new personnel. New field personnel are assisting in slinging tools and baskets without proper safety training on slinging or proper procedures to detect missing competencies required in slinging. Also new personnel are handling pressure vessels or are required to work in pressure areas without proper permitting. Some companies are reporting that more than 65% of their accidents or near misses are happening to new field personnel within the first 18 months of their field assignment. Most reported accidents and near misses involve extreme injuries. The field is relying on the training department to ensure that new personnel are adequately trained and on the HSE group to ensure that the HSE competencies required in the field assignment are covered during the on boarding.
This case study discusses the improvement process covering assessments, field observations, job safety analysis and possible remedies.