Our emphasis on safety

Critical for our success in North America.

Nexans employees stand at the heart of our business. To ensure their safety, our regional team of internal health, safety and environmental experts are constantly assessing the safety of our staff to protect them from potential hazards.

Over the past two years, Nexans North America has achieved a 67% reduction in lost time incidents (injuries in the workplace resulting in time lost from work) and a 28% reduction in incidents requiring external medical treatment. But what do these numbers really mean? To put them into perspective, these reductions have prevented 28 employees from being severely injured at work.  

All North American employees have been involved in the creation and perpetuation of an ever-growing safety culture. This culture encourages employees to not only identify potential hazards and unsafe behaviors, but also to learn how to assess risks and understand basic ergonomic principles. It is important for our employees to be involved in the elimination of these risks and in defining the best safe practices.

Several of our educational programs and tools that support safety in the workplace are:  

  • 15 Golden Rules: standardized safety rules for all employees to follow
  • SUSA: a system of observing and reporting safe and unsafe acts or conditions
  • Daily facility inspections performed by employees, and monthly documented inspections led by facility inspectors
  • SQDCE (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Environment actions): the practice of highlighting safety issues in the work area through visual displays
  • Annual Job Safety Analysis (JSA) training through workshops and team exercises
  • Take 5: Safety assessment checklists for all employees to use before beginning a task

Our Safety objectives for 2019 continue to build upon this strong safety foundation and include further reductions in lost time and medical treatment incidents, continued improvement resulting from JSA, expansion of the pre-task checklists and conducting safety compliance audits in each facility with local accountability.     

We will also continue to identify, document and investigate any potential hazards so they can be resolved in a timely manner.

Nexans North America doesn’t view safety as a priority; because priorities change from day to day, week to week. Instead, safety is viewed as a core value in the way that we conduct our business through each and every employee, each and every day.