One year after implementing its “safety culture” program, global terminal operator APM cut significant injuries by 40 percent.
Year-to-date, the company has seen 4.8 lost time injuries per million hours worked in its 48 ports around the world, down from 7.7 LTI at this point in 2008, when the program started.
There were 11 deaths due to terminal accidents on APM Terminals’ facilities in 2007 and 10 in 2008. These figures include personnel other than APM Terminals employees involved in terminal accidents. In 2009 year to date, there have been four.
Of all injuries, 38 percent occurred on board or near vessels and are related to vessel operations and container lashing activities. Another 26 percent occurred in the container yard area often involving truckers and terminal handling equipment.
All employees are encouraged to participate in a safety culture workshop consisting of a four-hour workshop in eight modules offered in 12 languages.
The company plans to conduct a survey to analyze strengths and safety enhancing behaviors and to follow up with further refinements to the program. The 2010 goal is a 15 percent reduction over 2009 performance.
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