The Dart Development team responsible for managing the construction of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire has achieved a significant milestone of safety success. The projects have accumulated in excess of 2 million man-hours of work without a major safety incident.
The team achieved an incident frequency rating of 1.48 (compared to a USA industry average of 3.20) by engaging all of the workers who worked on site to help shape what Dart Development called “the culture of safety.” This was done by actively engaging and supporting the efforts to put safe work practices at the forefront of every task undertaken. By doing this, each worker effectively helped to ensure that every co-worker on site went home daily without
Dart Development’s goal is to continue to keep health and safety at the forefront, with continued emphasis on coaching, education and positive reinforcement.Senior Health Safety & Environment Manager Rohan Marshall
Dart Development’s site-management team believes the numbers are a reflection of the collaboration, culture and teamwork that was fostered between all project participants over the course of the construction. “The numbers are exciting, but it’s what’s behind those numbers that we are most proud of,” said Lee Hudson, Dart Development’s Project Manager. “The entire workforce embraced our culture of safety. They didn’t have to do that; they chose to do that. They embraced the importance of safe work practices and that is what’s reflected in those numbers.”
Dart Development’s approach is not about penalising people, but rather, it’s about educating people. “One of ways the team educates is to turn a potentially unsafe situation into a teaching moment, which the project management team, championed by Senior Health Safety & Environment Manager Rohan Marshall, does very well,” said Hudson.
“Dart Development’s goal is to continue to keep health and safety at the forefront, with continued emphasis on coaching, education and positive reinforcement,” said Marshall.
Nick Pemberton, Construction Engineer Manager for Dart Development, said he heard many comments from industry professionals visiting the site about its state.
“They couldn’t believe how clean, efficient, tidy and safe this job site was,” he said. “They’d never seen anything like it in the Caribbean. This job has been neat, organised and well run from the start. We are proud of the efforts taken by everyone.”
Gary Gibbs, Dart Development’s Vice President of Construction Management, said, “Our aim is to continue to enhance our now established culture of safety for the remainder of the project here at The Residences and extend those methodologies to our new projects as they come online in the coming months and years.”