Erecting work platforms and protective scaffolding high above the ground or in areas that are particularly difficult to access is a great challenge, particularly in the industrial sector. The industrial service provider XERVON, which is also the largest scaffolding business in Germany, is able to do precisely this. What’s more, it always works in line with the most stringent safety standards – with not a single accident in 2016. This excellent workplace safety record has now been honoured by Covestro who recently presented the company with its Contractor Safety Award.
This was the third time that Covestro has presented this award to external partner firms who have demonstrated outstanding levels of work safety at its production sites in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The prize was handed over to Klaus Thiele, managing director of XERVON GmbH responsible for scaffolding across Germany, by Klaus Jaeger, Covestro’s NRW site manager, and Georg Wagner, head of QHSE in NRW, during a special ceremony held in Krefeld-Uerdingen. At the same time, the XERVON employees were invited to a special lunch at the company’s branches in Leverkusen and Dormagen to thank them for their hard work – with hamburgers all round for the 70 or so colleagues.
XERVON has been working successfully with Bayer MaterialScience, now Covestro, for over 40 years. Covestro had planned a number of major shutdowns last year, all of which needed scaffolding so that the facilities could be maintained and serviced – including shutdowns at its Dormagen and Uerdingen plants. “The performance of the employees here was truly impressive,” said Klaus Jaeger, praising the team. “Not only did they not have a reportable accident in 2016, they didn’t even have a single first aid case. This really is only possible if everyone works as a team and has each other’s backs.”
Looking forward to continuing their safe work together in the future: the XERVON team and their client, Covestro
“We are really proud to have been given this award. Our goal is, of course, to maintain these high safety levels,” explained XERVON managing director, Klaus Thiele. XERVON holds regular training courses, continuously improves its fall arrest and personal protective equipment (PPE) and systematically implements its work safety management system to make sure that the whole subject of safety is permanently at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
“Our number one priority at XERVON is keeping our employees safe and this is a fundamental part of XERVON’s business strategy,” Klaus Thiele continued. “Our collaboration with Covestro is particularly constructive. We often sit down together to discuss how processes can be further improved and then ensure these ideas are integrated into the next project.”
“The performance of the employees here was truly impressive.”
Dr Klaus Jaeger, NRW Site Manager at Covestro
One particular highlight of the long-standing partnership between Covestro and XERVON is an impressive piece of art: the mobile ‘Covestro Graffiti’ (ca. 30 metres wide and three metres high) has been hung on XERVON scaffolding and is currently on show next to Gate 10 in Dormagen. The colourful inscription on this transportable artwork aims to convey the message that Covestro is inquisitive, bold and versatile. XERVON “supports” these values in every sense of the word.
Covestro put on a special lunch to thank XERVON’s scaffolding team for their high work safety standards.
This year, Evonik presented its 2016 Partner Award at its plant in Hanau for the very first time – and it was presented to XERVON’s scaffolding experts in recognition of the excellent cooperation work between the two firms and their outstanding workplace safety. Their performance had been evaluated by a number of people working on site in the areas of, for example, technology, production, occupational safety and plant security.
The work of the contractor businesses is assessed over a fixed period of time and then the best three firms selected; XERVON made it to 1st place and was presented with the award and certificate by the local Evonik management team during a special ceremony held in May. This prize is yet more proof of just how important safety is at XERVON, also in a challenging business such as scaffolding – something that is also being recognised and honoured by its customers.