SLAM is McMahon Services’ Safety Focused Personal Assessment tool

SLAM is an informal risk management process designed to assess a task prior to its commencement for the purpose of identifying and controlling hazards associated with the risk.

SLAM is not an acronym for Safety Focused Personal Assessment, rather it is an acronym for the four steps each worker should go through in their mind before starting a task:

  • STOP and think, look at each step
  • LOOK before, during and after the task
  • ASSESS for the right equipment to perform the task safely
  • MANAGE and take action to eliminate or minimise any hazards.

SLAM cards were first trialled in the high-risk Demolition and Decommissioning Division where it proved to be a valuable initiative.

SLAM cards were then issued to all site personnel across all projects, while training on how to apply SLAM was delivered to all site and office-based personnel.

To the best of our knowledge, our SLAM system is a first for any construction company anywhere in New Zealand. It was created by the WHSEQ Team after observing similar systems around the world.

On all McMahon Services sites, crews are expected to use the SLAM process all day every day. SLAM chats are also occurring on a daily basis on all sites, where teams focus on site relevant hazards, past, present and future. Crews are issued with a lanyard hosting their own SLAM card so they can refer to it at all times.

Since the introduction of SLAM, there was a noticeable reduction in incidents and near-misses across all projects, as well as an increase in the frequency of reporting and addressing identified hazards with this process.