UPM Shotton has achieved a major milestone by becoming the first paper mill within the UPM Paper Business Group to achieve two years without a lost time accident.
The last recorded Lost Time Accident (LTA) suffered by a UPM employee was on 5th July 2011 which means a record two years LTA-free period for all UPM’ers on site.
UPM Shotton’s service contractors have also played their part. They have also achieved more than two years since their last recorded LTA at UPM Shotton site. In addition, UPM Shotton’s outsourced operations within the Materials Recovery and Recycling plant have demonstrated their step change in safety and are on target for a milestone of one year LTA-free record in August this year.
David Ingham, General Manager, UPM Shotton congratulated everyone within the mill for their exemplar performance: "This milestone could not have been reached without everyone’s commitment and increased focus on safety. In the spirit of continuous improvement we have taken many small steps to achieve our safety goals. We will continue to take many more small steps, focussing further on reducing minor injuries and becoming even more skilled at preventing all accidents at Shotton.”
He added: “We have reached a major milestone. I am personally very proud of the mill’s achievement. We have continuously focussed our time and energy to keeping everyone safe at Shotton. The launch of the UPM ‘Step Change in Safety Initiative’ championed by the CEO, Jussi Pesonen, has helped everyone take the final steps on this journey. “
Arto Lampinen, Senior Vice President, Paper Manufacturing for UPM comments: “Across UPM we have been rapidly improving our safety record. UPM Shotton’s achievement today recognises the on-going contribution of everyone across the operation from manufacturing, finishing lines and supervisors. Everyone should be proud of their contribution to this landmark date.”
In April this year the mill celebrated our entry into the ‘UPM Safety Front Runner Club’ when Arto Lampinen, Senior Vice President of PBG presented the Award to Graeme Taylor, Senior Safety Representative of UPM Shotton.
Full and wide implementation of the UPM Safety Principles ensured every area and member of the mill population was committed to achieving 100% safety.
UPM places safety at the start of every meeting agenda and communication. The Company has built up a positive safety culture where safety is the first topic of conversation. When planning work and carrying it out, safety is every UPM employees’ consideration.
Safety Starts with Me
Everyone at Shotton is encouraged to understand what is meant by the principle Safety Starts with Me. For example, the reporting of safety issues has been made quick and easy and actions are followed up after all reports. We have set and maintained higher standards of housekeeping throughout the site.
We Can Prevent All Accidents
Building the belief that all accidents can be prevented has demanded everyone to be involved in accident prevention within their workplace. The Trade Union safety representatives have shown themselves to be great advocates of this principle. We have learned that team work is the basis of preventing accidents.
For further information please contact:
Mr David Ingham, General Manager, UPM Shotton tel. +44 (0)1244 284 407
Mr Will Stone, Head of Communications UK, tel. +44 784 1493 447, firstname.lastname@example.org
UPM has 21 modern and sustainable paper mills in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, China, and the United States. As the world’s leading producer of graphic papers, UPM Paper provides customers with renewable high-performance products, and delivers more through efficient practises and continuous innovation. UPM Paper’s annual net sales amounted to EUR 7.2 billion in 2012 and the business group employs approximately 12,600 people. To learn more about UPM Paper, visit: www.upmpaper.com.