ABB asked JBA to assist them in introducing a Health and Safety management system specifically for projects that would be applicable, independent of location, in order to provide consistency across global operations and address major concerns around incident and accident rates on global projects. Working closely with our client we created an ABB Standard for Project Safety Management and significantly reduced incident and accidents over a three-year period.
The Client was experiencing a significant number of accidents and injuries across their global operations. Whilst HSE systems were already in place for project sites in compliance with OHSAS18001, the system was not working effectively. The current focus was on site rules rather than on the quality of management utilising a risk-based approach. This was further compounded in those projects that were started in Europe and the US, where little attention was paid to local cultural and management issues and in variations in standards as operated by local contractors and clients.
"We knew this would be a big challenge but it has reduced our accident and incident rates, improved our management system and the behaviour of our own staff together with our contractors and surprisingly, clients."
Project Safety Manager
JBA achieved a reduction in planned and unplanned work hours between ship 1 and ship 2 in the structures area of 40-45% as opposed to the business expectations of 25%. This reduced the production time from 7 weeks to 4 weeks bringing the milestone payment back on schedule.
JBA set up a modern, state-of-the-art control centre that coordinated our response to incidents in service, failures and provided a route to short-term mitigations and long-term solutions to prevent re-occurrence. We also for once had a real time visibility of our resources and the competence of staff.
With the assistance of JBA, we managed to resolve recurring issues, resulting in reducing financial penalties to our customers by 3.6 million year on year.
Having the knowledge of what to do should a risk occur, as opposed to losing valuable time in crisis management proved invaluable in ensuring the Program was delivered on time and to budget - a fantastic system which we will continue to use.
The results go to show that JBA achieved their project brief very successfully...Excellent communication and involvement throughout the process.
In my 35 years of working for New York City Transit, JBA are the first consultants who truly understood our business, implemented real change and delivered sustainable results.
JBA were a valuable part of 2008 Formula 1 World Championship winning team.
The railway operator set a deadline to find a solution within 3 months. The solution was identified and implemented on the fleet within 6 weeks. JBA were able to integrate technical and organisational expertise to exceed customer expectations.
History in words
Initially to provide hands-on consultancy services primarily within the rail industry, the primary clients being London Underground (LUL), Network Rail, Metro trains Melbourne, Sydney Trains, Bombardier Transportation, Metronet Rail, BVT Surface Fleet and BAE Surface Ships , where a variety of roles were undertaken from interim operation management, supply chain management, engineering management to COO and Vice President of Operations Performance.
Currently JBA are working with various Rail Organizations in the US to devise methods of consultant support to improve their business performance. JBA Change Management Corporation (North America) was set up June 2017 to establish a firm base for all contracts in the US going forward and to provide a presence in the North American market.
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