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Case Study

OneFortyOne – safety culture assessment and operational safety review

Completed 2022-23


Trans-Tasman forestry business OneFortyOne engaged Verus to assist with health and safety practice improvements to inform their new Strategic Health and Safety Roadmap.

The Challenge

OneFortyOne (OFO) was formed in 2012 following the acquisition of forestry plantation assets from the South Australian State Government. In 2018, they acquired the Jubilee Sawmill along with various New Zealand assets, including forestry plantation and sawmill assets in the Nelson / Marlborough region.

In 2022, OFO appointed a Director of Health & Safety with a remit to improve how the organisation manages health and safety. These improvements will inform the strategic Health and Safety Roadmap, which aims to transform the organisation from a group of separate operational units into a unified, collaborative organisation that manages health and safety consistently and responsibly, and cares for its people and the communities it operates in. Verus was brought in to assist.

Project Goals

  • Understand the current baseline health and safety performance, both operationally and culturally.
  • Complete the following at each nominated facility:
    • Operational Safety Review against AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 occupational health and safety management system requirements, with guidance on its use.
    • A deep-dive assessment of nominated Fatal Risks as part of the Operational Safety Review.
    • A safety culture review using a recognised and systematic methodology.
  • Facilitate Strategic Health and Safety Roadmap discussions with Senior Leadership.

The Insight

We were able to provide OFO experienced auditors with a shared understanding of ISO 45001 and critical risk programs and experience with the Hearts & Minds Safety Culture Assessment Tool. We were also able to facilitate workshops and discussions to identify areas of opportunity and take leaders and employees on a journey of safety culture performance improvement.

The Solution

  • Provided site-based and consolidated reports detailing findings from the Operational Safety Reviews and Safety Culture Assessments.
  • Identified common trends and themes to form the basis of the Strategic Health and Safety Plan.
  • Coached leaders to understand the efforts required to a build a one-culture organisation.