Addressing a meeting of over 200 employees, Mohammed Al-Maashani, HSE Senior Manager at the Port of Salalah, said, “Safety is in our KPIs, it’s in our risk management, and it’s in our language. Heavy-machinery operated industries all understand why safety is a key responsibility for employees and how we operate. There are a lot of risks, and fatalities can and have occurred. This day is an opportunity to emphasize world-wide and department-wide that if anyone sees an unsafe act, you must intervene.”
The port’s operation zones were examined for speed in executing an oil spill response, while main office buildings were tried with unexpected fire drills. Further activities included a sugar level and eye health checkup, and tree-planting drive in upcycled oil drums.
Lost-Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) has decline year on year by at least 50% at the Port of Salalah, while achieving an astonishing 96% reduction since 2004. The number of LTI in 2012 had reached four, which compared against the man-hours worked is lower than the industry average. This year has also seen a reduction in LTI and high-severity incidents compared with last year.
“The increasing focus on safety has been felt at every level in the organization. We take a lot of pride in ensuring we are in compliance with the global best practices benchmark that is consistently communicated by APM Terminals,” said Ahmed Akaak, Acting CEO at the Port of Salalah.
The Port of Salalah has achieved over 600% growth in volume since start of operations in 1999, and plays a vital function in the global and local economy, generating substantial employment, facilitating exports and helping to diversify the economy. The port has directly injected over USD 70million into Oman’s economy in 2012. Around 2300 people currently work at the port, with the port authority also providing training and education programs for employees, the majority of who – around 75% of the skilled employees segment – are Omani nationals. The port invests heavily in training its employees.
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