Education & Innovation at KAEFER in Brazil

Getting a head start

What do robots have in common with a refractory school? Find out how RIP Servi├žos Industriais in Brazil is giving its people advantages.

Acquiring new skills is one of the best ways to get ahead in life. So is taking care of health and safety. RIP Servi├žos Industriais in Brazil has been focussing on both.

RIP has devised an excellent way to not just expand its skilled local workforce, but to also give back to the community by providing opportunities and education: a refractory school in Espirito Santo. In partnership with SINE, the National Employment System, RIP set up a training programme for refractory bricklayers, with a curriculum developed and taught by RIP professionals.

This school provides local people with new opportunities to gain qualifications and learn a trade. Upon successful completion of the programme, they are also able to join RIP projects as well. The initiative has been very popular, as RIP is a respected employer in the area, and it has also enjoyed the support of clients who want to give back to the local community.

Robots taking risk

On the health and safety front, RIP has been working with robots in refractory demolition to mitigate risks for humans, such as burns, injuries and gas inhalation. With the help of these innovative automated devices and LEAN thinking, it was possible to reduce the time employees spent in a potentially dangerous environment from 20 days to 10 days. The employees still work on assembling refractory walls as usual, but the hazardous part of the job in demolition has become safer.

Education and health and safety are key when it comes to employee wellbeing. As RIP and KAEFER invest in their people, it makes perfectly logical sense to foster their development. The refractory school in Brazil and the automation measures used on site both make major headway in giving employees and those in the local community an advantage.