Ensuring safety comes first
The ABB Electrical Machine Factory (EMF) in Estonia has many challenges in terms of safety environment. Four machines in one of the halls stamp sheet metal
into rotor and stator shapes with extreme speed and accuracy. Winding machines must be fine-tuned to the correct
frequency and the vacuum impregnation process room
demands special safety gear.
The team from Quant Service, which specializes in industrial maintenance, performs a daily service on all production
equipment including cleaning, lubrication and electrical and
Preventive maintenance is the key to customer-added
value and guarantees an increase in productivity as
machine stoppages and failures are avoided. Apart from
preventive repairs, innovations that lead to improved safety
and productivity are encouraged within the Estonian team.
The Quant team has been responsible for overall maintenance management since 2006 and since then, there have
been no time lost through injuries.
When asked how this is possible, Kaupo Mäesalu, Quant
site manager, replies: “From the very start we put safety
first. Before every task we carefully check the work order —
including the safety aspects. Cleanliness is one important
component in creating a safe working environment. We also
take safety seriously in the production area where we wear
appropriate safety gear and cooperate with other personnel
in safety issues and preparations.”
“Achieving a sustainable safety culture, where safety and
leadership is embedded in the mindset, requires years of
continuous effort, says Tarvo Treimann, local business unit
manager for Quant in Estonia. “Our team has worked hard
to ensure that every one of us goes home to their families
healthy and safe after each working day.”
One of the learnings from the site is that, in addition to
observing and giving feedback on hazards and near misses,
good safety behavior should be praised to create a positive
approach to safety.