The safety of our own employees and those employed by our subcontractors is one of our core values and is given top priority. Our progressive safety program, ‘No Injuries No Accidents’ (NINA), is attracting a lot of positive attention within the industry and from our clients. NINA fosters ownership. The program holds all employees personally responsible for their own contribution to safety and ensures that safety can be discussed openly. Five short and sharply worded values with five supporting rules provide the framework designed to help prevent incidents. The program has been widely introduced. Everyone in a management position has received training and dozens of NINA workshops have been held for employees on board of ships, on projects and in the staff departments.
The figures are convincing: NINA works. Since its introduction the number of accidents has fallen by over 80%. The Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) figure expresses the number of incidents per 200,000 hours worked resulting in sick leave. 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 10,054 in 2013 (2012: 3,800). In addition 1,555 near misses were reported (2012: 210). We see SHOC and near misses reporting as a benchmark for the proactive safety experience 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 growth of our company the figure fell from 0.26 in 2012 to 0.11 in 2013. With this LTIF figure and the near misses score we comfortably meet the standards applicable in the oil and gas industry that is so important to us.
In 2013 we focused on the introduction of NINA at Boskalis Offshore. Boskalis wants to present itself to clients in the offshore energy market as a safe and reliable partner. In 2013 this already proved to be a significant factor in the Dabrat project for Maersk Oil. All Subsea staff – around 80 – on two of the largest Diving Support Vessels were given an introduction and special training course. This approach was much appreciated by the client. For detailed reporting on our safety policy and our safety performance, please refer to our CSR report.
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