All management team meetings devote extensive attention to the progress and challenges relating to NINA.
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 employees can use boskalis.com/nina and the monthly ‘NINA at work’ bulletins as a platform for sharing their experiences and making suggestions for improvement.
Safety communications also comprise regular internal safety bulletins such as Safety Matters and Safety Newsﬂash as well as the various staff magazines.
Our projects always kick off with a NINA start-up meeting. This involves setting project-speciﬁc safety targets in consultation with the project team and discussing potential safety risks, how we intend to deal with them and how to keep NINA on the agenda. Where necessary, we also focus on the project environment and how we can ensure the safety of local residents and third parties. 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 purpose is to learn from each other by looking not only at positive experiences and ideas but also the challenges.
In 2013 we conducted 19 external and 23 corporate SHE-Q audits of project and ofﬁce organizations and 50 external and 31 internal ISM vessel audits in which NINA is always a feature. In addition, clients perform ofﬁce and project audits in the business units.
In 2013 Boskalis received a range of safety awards:
Boskalis International received a Certificate of Achievement on the Total Mining Contract in Surinam for working 1 million man-hours without a recordable incident.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents granted both SMIT UK and Boskalis Westminster Limited the 2013 Gold Award 2013 for Occupational Health & Safety.
The Ichthys project in Australia received Recognition Letters from Saipem for the professional and highly pro-active HSE approach for the rock transportation and geotechnical survey on the project.
The Baldur crew received the INPEX Safety Recognition Award for their high safety standards and their unremitting pursuit of safety excellence.
Certiﬁcation is proof of our compliance with recognized safety standards. Almost all Boskalis business units are certiﬁed according to ISM, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, or VCA for our Dutch operations. For a list of the various certiﬁcates we hold, please refer to the appendix.
Dockwise performance in the ﬁeld of health and safety is assessed by, among other things, the type and number of incidents reported. These reports can relate to vessels, projects or the ofﬁce environment. The aim of the policy remains the complete prevention of safety or security incidents (target: zero Lost Time Incidents).
Due to the integration of the Fairstar figures, the overall exposure hours increased from 5.3 million to 6.5 million hours. In addition, the Dockwise Vanguard went into service. The number of hours also increased in the onshore/offshore projects due to the execution phase of 2 float-over projects, including a large number of sub-contractor hours.
The number of Lost Time Incidents (LTI) fell sharply for Dockwise from 5 to 2.
The LTIF at the end of the year was an “all-time low”: 0.06 overall. This is supported by the low number of LTIs and the increased exposure hours.
The most common incidents were: eye injuries, tripping, falling and slipping.
Leading indicators are important to monitor the pro-activeness of the organization. The increase in the number of STOP (Safety Training Observation Program) and the reported near misses reflect a positive picture of safety awareness.
The training matrix sets out a minimum level for all positions at Dockwise in terms of critical HSES activities (health, safety, environment and security), speciﬁc function competences, general project requirements and project-speciﬁc requirements for speciﬁc functions. As a result of the training and motivating of staff in the ﬁeld of safety, we expect staff and crew to be more pro-active in their safety conduct, and for this improvement to result in turn in better safety performance.