Our activities have a relatively high risk profile. The safety of our own employees and of our subcontractors is one of our core values and it has top priority. Our central safety objective is No Injuries, No Accidents
(NINA). This is also the name of our progressive safety program, which is generating a great deal of positive interest from both inside and outside the industry and amongst our clients.
NINA is not just about procedures, it also fosters ownership and creates a safety-driven mindset. Five short and clearly worded values with five supporting rules provide the framework designed to help prevent incidents.
NINA brings people together by challenging them about their own contribution to safety and by making open discussions about safety possible. In our company, which has expanded rapidly with the acquisition of SMIT, Dockwise, MNO Vervat and Fairmount,
NINA has proven to be an important theme in terms of making integration a success.
NINA is part of our identity; the norms and values make it clear what we stand for, and engender a sense of pride. Whenever we introduce
NINA to a new part of the business, we see how the program makes it easier to embrace the shared identity. That positive energy can be felt throughout the company.
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The extent to which NINA has been implemented varies in our organization. The philosophy has been familiar to Dredging for some years now, where
NINA is widely accepted and has now become a natural component of the work. The introduction to the Offshore Energy division began in 2013. Introduction at Salvage and Dockwise, and for the former MNO Vervat employees working for Boskalis Nederland, will take place in 2015. Ultimately, then, NINA will be rolled out throughout the organization. Given our strategy to place the towage activities in joint ventures, Towage has its own safety program that is being coordinated with the relevant joint-venture partners.
In addition to the aim of implementing NINA throughout the organization, every business unit will be asked in 2015 to investigate one serious safety incident every quarter and to evaluate it in the light of the
NINA values and rules. Until now, the emphasis has primarily been on creating ownership and commitment to safety throughout the organization. Incident investigations will now be conducted on the basis of the
NINA norms and values, giving an additional impulse and moving our safety policy forward.
The figures are convincing: NINA works. Since its introduction, the LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) figure has fallen by over 87% (from 0.67 to 0.09). The LTIF figure expresses the number of incidents per 200,000 hours worked resulting in absence from work. Prevention is an important part of safety awareness. 2011 saw the wider introduction of Safety Hazard Observation Cards (SHOCs), which employees can use to report dangerous situations. The number of SHOC reports was 7,045 in 2014 (2013: 5,391). In addition 998 near misses were reported (2013: 611). We see SHOC and near misses reporting as a benchmark for the proactive safety culture within the organization. NINA encourages reporting on such situations to allow us to make proactive adjustments. Despite both the relatively high risk profile associated with our activities and the recent rapid growth of our company the LTIF figure fell from 0.11 in 2013 to 0.09 in 2014. A detailed overview can be found in the appendix.
In line with our industry, the list of the most common incidents is headed by tripping, falling and slipping. The number of entrapment incidents, particularly involving hands and fingers, is also relatively high. Here again, we have seen a decline in the accident frequency rate since the introduction of NINA, and the incidents are also less severe. In other words, there are fewer serious accidents resulting in injuries. The number of reported incidents is increasing, particularly the number of pro-active reports of near misses and safety hazards (SHOCs). This means that awareness is growing, that everyone knows how to use the SIRE reporting system, and that everyone understands that reporting is important. Because this is the only way of sharing information to avoid repetition in the future.
The figure above shows that the number of incident reports, starting with the SHOCs and ending with LTIs, is increasingly pyramid-shaped.
NINA VALUES AND RULES
- I am responsible for my own safety
- I approach others about working safely
- I take action in case of unsafe operations if necessary,
- I will stop the work i accept feedback about my safety behaviour regardless of rank and position
- I report all incidents, including near-misses, to inform others and build on lessons learned
- Prepare a risk assessment for each project, vessel or location
- Obtain a permit to work for defined high-risk activities
- Make a job hazard analysis for hazardous non-routine activities
- Be informed about risk & control measures be fit for duty and wear the PPE required
Employee involvement and training
We involve management and employees in our organization’s safety thinking in all sorts of different ways. The Works Council has a Safety, Health and Environment committee which discusses
NINA at every meeting. Our interactive NINA training courses and workshops provide employees with an opportunity to give their feedback on the program and share their experiences. We use a wide range of Lessons Learned sessions, training courses and communication channels to keep attention focused on improving safety. Our projects always kick off with a
NINA start-up meeting. Where necessary, we also focus on the project environment and how we can ensure the safety of local residents and third parties.
(See the Safety is a shared concern theme text) Not only our own employees but, in many cases, clients’ representatives and subcontractors also attend these meetings. In 2013, we introduced
NINA reflection sessions at which managers of projects and ships, and members of the corporate staff and executive team shared experiences in open and interactive gatherings. The aim is to learn from each other by looking not only at positive experiences and ideas but also the challenges. In 2014, we developed a ‘work box’ that takes a closer look at how to prevent specific accidents or incidents.
In 2014 we conducted 18 external and 25 corporate SHE-Q audits of project and office organizations and 35 external and 37 internal ISM vessel audits in which NINA is always a feature. In addition, clients perform office and project audits in the business units.
In 2014, Boskalis received a range of safety awards:
- Boskalis International received a Certificate of Achievement for 2,000,000 manhours worked without a recordable incident at the Total Mining Contract, Lelydorp, Surinam.
- Boskalis Westminster received the RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
- Boskalis Australia received the HSE award 2014 by INPEX Australia on the Ichtys project, Australia.
- Maersk awarded Boskalis Subsea Services with a Conspiring Set Up Recognition on the Dabrat project.
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