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Ireland employee named as Intel Safety Star

Leixlip based employee Gary Cooke is recognised for outstanding contribution to safety

Today, April 28th, is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and to coincide with the global celebration Intel has recognised a number of safety stars from our sites around the world.

Amongst those recognised as Safety Stars was Leixlip based employee Gary Cooke who was selected for his passion, innovation, teamwork and commitment to a strong safety culture.

When Gary was faced with the challenge of needing a mechanical lifting solution for preventative maintenance activities taking place in his area of the fab manufacturing environment, he took ownership to solve this issue and to find a mechanical solution that would fit the requirements. Gary, who is from the Navan Road in North Dublin, designed a custom lifting solution using a novel type of electric hoist not previously used onsite. He also designed a custom-made frame to suspend the system safely over the entire tool footprint.

By collaborating with multiple stakeholders, Gary has created a solution which reduces ergonomic risk, discovering a novel type of hoist technology that will be usable in areas which require fine handling and positioning of awkward, delicate or heavy parts.

Two Ireland based teams were also recognised for their innovative safety efforts as part of this year’s awards. The Fab 24 Hololens Ergonomic Focus team were the first in the Intel factory network to use Hololens Augmented Reality (AR) technology live with the Environmental Health and Safety team and site ergonomists to carry out risk assessment of specific factory maintenance tasks which improved safety and reduced variation across shifts. This solution overcame access restrictions where 2 people cannot fit in a specific space and cannot accurately observe tasks. Members of this team are David Lambert, Dennis Smyth, Niall Corcoran, Gerard Moynihan, Ross Donnelly, Kevin Morrissey, Bridget Masterson and Sarah Baxter.

The Intel Ireland Incident and Injury free Materials team were recognised for continuously pursuing opportunities in how the Incident and Injury program can be improved across the Ireland site. Examples of this include digitisation of our ‘Safety Management by Walkabout’ audit process through use of a smartphone app, allowing soft copy creation of templates, and facilitation of real-time logging of activities. Members of this team are Domhnall MacBradaigh, Helen Gacquin, Seamus Keating, Michael Monahan, Colm Daly and Stephen Healy.

2020 was a year that changed our work lives in a way no one could have imagined. Intel’s facilities and operations had to be adapted to respond to the global pandemic, with safety at the forefront. Our employees quickly transitioned to working remotely, creating a wide range of new safety requirements and support. 

About World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.



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