Addax Petroleum has emphasised the need for companies in the oil and gas sector as well as other sectors of the economy to embrace measures that will help reduce accidents significantly in their operations.
Speaking at the flag-off of the 2013 Health, Safety, Security and Environment, HSSE, week, Mr. Cornelius Zegelaar, Senior Vice President/Managing Director, Addax Petroleum, lamented the high incidences of fatalities in the workplace, saying it is affecting production negatively.
“While we can attest that a lot has been done to improve safety, I wish to also state that more needs to be accomplished. In essence, we really need to ‘think, act and live’ safety at all times,” he said.
He noted that Addax has adopted a proactive posture towards reducing the number of accidents in its operations with the introduction of a number of measures to ensure safety in its operations.
He also stated that the company has set a performance target of 0.45 Lost-Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) Rate for 2013.
He said the company has resolved to be more proactive to prevent fatality of any type, stating that some of the proactive safety measures introduced since the 2012 HSSE week include the Stop Work Policy; Contractors’ HSE Assessments; Technical Safety Audits; Process Safety; Regulatory Compliance; Unsafe Acts and Conditions monitoring and the 14 Must-Do-Rules.
Zegelaar said the Stop Work Policy empowers all employees and contractors to stop all jobs that are considered unsafe for further review prior to recommencement or total stoppage of the task. On the Contractors’ HSE Assessment, he said, “As you are all aware, most of our major projects are executed by contractors. These projects constitute highest risk exposure hence, HSE in conjunction with other departments conduct contractors’ HSE capability assessment from pre-contract award to execution.”