PMP tops two million hours without an accident

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South Africa’s largest ammunition and explosives factory has topped two million accident-free hours, making it one of the safest in the world. Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP), a subsidiary of the state-owned Denel Group uses an internationally recognised method to measure safety – the Lost Time Injury Frequency Ratio, or LTIFR and its score is presently 0.13.

Typically, companies would aim to have a LTIFR of below 1,0. This places the company in the top sphere of “safe” companies. This is no mean feat – PMP has more than 2000 production machines in its factories, and employs 1300 people. Dangerous chemicals and explosive processes are continuously handled. “Safety is an extremely important focus area for management,” says CEO Carel Wolhuter.

PMP has consistently raised the bar in safety and was singled out by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba for its achievements during the Denel Group’s annual general meeting in July 2011. “Safety should be a component of operational efficiency and employee wellbeing programmes in all state owned companies (SOCs),” said Gigaba.
“We had a previous wonderful run of accident-free hours up until 13 April 2010 when we clocked up 2 553 069 accident free hours. But our all-time record stands at 2 707 717 hours, and was achieved on September 30 2004,” said Wolhuter. The new record was achieved yesterday. Riaz Saloojee, the newly appointed Group CEO of Denel, congratulated PMP’s employees on a fine achievement, and encouraged them to beat their previous record.

The company has been accredited with the international standard for safety, the OHSAS 18001 and this is in addition to its accreditations of ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for good environmental standards.

PMP’s main business is the manufacture and supply of military and commercial small and medium calibre ammunition to the South African National Defence Force, the SA Police Services, the hunting fraternity and overseas customers in various countries around the world. More than 40% of its production is exported, and the company earns R200 to R300-million annually in foreign exchange for South Africa.

It is also a major supplier of small and medium calibre ammunition, as well as primary explosives, mining drill bits and brass strip.