How we ensure safety in facilities, by Nigerite
One of Nigeria’s leading building solutions companies that offers full complementary installation and maintenance services, has revealed how the firm recorded one year of accident-free operations across its facilities.
Speaking at a celebration to mark this feat, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bart Verliden said that safety was the company’s responsibility to the workers, community and shareholders hence the need to operate in a safe environment.
“We always go for safety no matter the cost implication. Nigerite is a highly industralised company with heavy machinery that runs 24 hours, seven days a week; so this is a remarkable achievement. For us, operations and safety cannot be separated.”
Verliden explained that the company incorporates about 30 per cent cost into safety, even as the management has a task to sustain the zero accident status via training and motivation.
In the same vein, the company’s Quality Safety, Health and Environment Manager, Mr. John Bamigboye, said that the firm was able to operate a whole year without accident because an action plan was put in motion. He added: “In January this year, we set out a programme to celebrate one year accident-free operations. The strategy we put in place was to prevent accidents from occurring. The equipment in Nigerite is sophisticated and dangerous, but useful for production. Men can reduce or eliminate hazards in the operations of the machines.”
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerite, Mr. Segun David, said that motivation was key for maintaining an accident-free status.
“If people are well-motivated, everybody will deliberately stay away from accident. So management must put aside all policies that can heat up the system or cause tension.”
Moreover, the branch chairman of the Nigerite Workers Union, Daramola T.O, attributed the feat to teamwork, saying that without co-operation of all, the achievement wouldn’t have been possible.
He added: “Safety rules are no respecter of anybody, therefore it is mandatory we follow the rules to the letter for our own good and for the image of the company. We are advising every member of staff and affiliates to play by the rules of the game by putting on your PPE fully, practice LOTOTO every time and report any situation that may result in accident for prompt action. Also, avoid mistakes via unprofessional proxies within the premises to avoid breaking the second journey towards attaining second-year accident-free celebration like this.”
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