The Safety Award highlights the importance of design, road, and behavioral safety in the Shell Eco-marathon program and encourages all teams to consider and implement safe practices in their daily work. It challenges teams to inspect tools and equipment and review established practices, procedures, and vehicle design in order to implement changes which lead to higher safety standards.
Every year, Team Inferno places safety at the top of its agenda and ensures that every single team member recognises that safety is a personal responsibility.
In 2020, Team Inferno displayed exceptional safety credentials and principles as they created a professional yet functional workspace, separating out areas for fabrication, storage and batteries. The team labelled rooms and placed appropriate warning signs at various spots in the workshop. They also pioneered an ‘ATGATT’ approach, which means ‘All The Gear All The Time’, ensuring they had all protective equipment necessary whenever they were working on a different aspect of their vehicle.
Team Inferno was careful and comprehensive in their risk assessments, taking time to identify any hazards before commencing work. For critical design changes to the vehicle, they built a systematic checklist into their work process covering various elements, including protective equipment checks and computer simulations, to ensure optimal safety always.
Going one step further, the team conducted several seminars and public interaction programs aimed at spreading awareness of the importance of safety.
The team’s plans were heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, as they experienced local travel restrictions that made it impossible to meet and collaborate in person. However, they managed to overcome these obstacles by holding multiple meetings and discussions online to plan their submission for the Safety Award.
With passion at the heart of their Shell Eco-marathon journey, Team Inferno implore other teams from around the world to get involved.
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