VINCI Energies Belgium will be focusing during Safety Week on the role of the colleague

VINCI Energies is a pioneer in the area of safety in the workplace. Figures from Fedris, the Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, show that the number of accidents at work has been increasing consistently since 2015. The company wants to play a role in reducing this number and is once again organising its own worldwide Safety Week this year.

The focus during this Safety Week from 6 to 10 May will be on Look – Warn – Share. Marc Lemaire, CEO of VINCI Energies Belgium: “This year, we are focusing specifically on our colleagues and managers. They play an important role in preventing possible accidents at work when they see an employee perform an unsafe action on the work floor.”

Life Saving Rules

All employees will therefore be taking part in role plays that teach them how to act in such risky situations. In smaller groups, they will have to assess certain situations and determine how best to deal with them. “For this, we always follow our ‘Life Saving Rules’,” says Marc Lemaire. “The first rule is risk perception. Everybody must be able to assess a potentially dangerous situation. Second, day-to-day management and colleagues have a responsibility to prevent each other doing anything dangerous and third, we consistently coach our employees on the use of the necessary protective gear and appropriate work equipment. Then we also have working at heights, performing electrical work and finally safe lifting and mechanical actions.”

Safety video

The VINCI Energies ‘Life Saving Rules’ are also the leitmotif in a new safety video that was specially recorded for the Safety Week and will be shown to everyone. “The video shows various scenarios that actually take place on our sites, such as someone who wants to use a scaffolding, someone performing electrical work and someone wanting to load a heavy compressor into a van. Each time we see how a nearby employee assesses the situation, warns his colleague and from then on how the work is done in a safe way and with the proper protective equipment. In this way we want to inspire our people to work in an even safer way in the future,” explains Marc Lemaire.

Mental coaching, skid control course, workshops
Some departments at VINCI Energies Belgium, will be doing a little extra during the Safety Week. On Wednesday, the Business Unit Long Term Contracts of VINCI Facilities is inviting its employees to the circuit at Zolder for a skid control course. The employees of Industry & Fire Solutions will discover how the memory works, that mental performance is the key to success and quality in life and how they can maximise their focus to significantly increase work efficiency.

The people of the Industry & Software Solutions department will be following workshops throughout the week concerning Safety@home or on the road and wellbeing@work. Later, in June, the Infra department will organise a first aid course for around 350 employees.

Smart Industry Day

smart-4a“We innovate, so we are” is the perfect phrasing of Actemium & Axians’ positioning within the Industry 4.0-story: innovation as an existential part of the industry and evolution. Main purpose of this Smart Industry Day was to add a concrete dimension to the omnipresent terms Industry 4.0 and the Factory of the Future, letting them get truly ‘experienced’ by customers. By means of 6 proactive tracks – Eco Production, Smart Production, Digital Factory, Human-Centered Production, Smart Services & Integrated ICT – Actemium and Axians guide companies in their transformation towards the Factory of the Future. A transformation that does not only offer an answer to the industry’s actual challenges, but also presents a lot of benefits: shorter time to market, advanced product flexibility, lower energy- and material use, superior added value, etc.

The introductory plenary session put those transformations to the Factory of the Future at the center, with customer testimonials and practical cases to ensure a good theory/practice balance. Furthermore, an Innovation Village was set up around the auditorium: during the entire afternoon the guests were invited to discover the transformations and the suppliers & start-ups by visiting their booth. Hands-on demos of among others a smart helmet, smart glasses and a robot provided an interactive touch.
After the presentations, Actemium, Axians and the partners assembled around the table for a debate on the poll results, which were collected throughout the day via the Smart Industry Day-app.

smart-8The uniqueness of the Smart Industry Day was certainly in the involvement of suppliers and start-ups. This way an eco-system was set up, in which customers, partners and the academic world could co-operate, an important principle of the Factory of the Future. The suppliers were invited to actively participate in the event, with a proper booth at the Innovation Village and a presentation in the auditorium. Cisco, Endress+Hauser, Kuka, RedHat, Siemens, Rockwell and Schneider enlisted as partners and were present to introduce their solutions & vision. The link to the academic world was ensured by 4 start-ups, offering an outside-the-box view and alternative solutions like smart glasses.

The brand-new Barco building perfectly fitted in as a location with the event program: an inspiring and open environment, breathing the alternative working practices and co-creation.

With about 150 persons present the Smart Industry Day proved to be a successful and informative afternoon, during which the path towards the Factory of the Future was further traced out, in co-operation with customers & partners. For more information on the approach & tracks of Actemium and Axians visit