Hunter Safety Netherlands has recently completed a large-scale project at Coca Cola European Partners Antwerp in Belgium, coordinating the site safety management for an extension and upgrade to their automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).
The scheme forms a key objective within Coca Cola European Partners’ overall sustainability plan, both in terms of helping to create a circular economy and by increasing efficiency, therefore reducing their carbon footprint both on the site, and throughout product transportation. With the aim of halving direct carbon emissions by 2025, this is one step forward in their agenda.
The 12-level ASRS extension, generated an additional 9,400 additional pallet spaces and increased storage for the client by 32%, as well as a 30% increase in throughput, taking the number of pallets able to be moved per hour from 500 to 650. The system also gives the functionality to move open pallets and those which measure up to 1.9m high.
The team were also tasked with implementing a best practice safety culture for the site. This involved carrying out a programme of safety inductions, over the 21-month period, to hundreds of contractors from many companies.
With multiple nationalities working on site, all with varying levels of safety knowledge and awareness, it was important to ensure appropriate regulations were followed.
This multi-faceted project meant that the Hunter team were also responsible for all civils works, working at height and manual handling procedures, the use of hazardous substances, safe mechanical works, lifting operations, confined spaces and hot works.
The Hunter team also took on the management of COVID safety on the site throughout the duration of the pandemic, ensuring social distancing was abided to and making sure the client was still able to operate effectively.
This contract was awarded to the Hunter team, following a successful 2-year project at Coca Cola European Partners Ghent in 2017.