By Chiazo Ogbolu, Lagos.
APM Terminals Apapa has set a new safety record at the port, with 400 days no Lost Time Injury (LTI).
No Lost Time Injury (LTI), a key indicator of the effectiveness of an organisation’s safety programme, means no injury will be sustained on the job by an employee or contractor that could result in the person being away from work due to injury.
The Terminal Manager, APM Terminals Apapa, Mr Steen Knudsen, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
He said that the new record was made public at an event to mark the company’s 2022 Global Safety Day in Lagos, which was celebrated with the theme: “We Learn and We Adapt”.
Knudsen urged the employees to remain safety conscious and to celebrate for achieving a huge milestone of going through a whole year without recording any injury.
“All of us here should inculcate the practice of coming forward to report incidents to ensure a more robust safety. Safety is not only for today; safety is tomorrow, day after tomorrow, next week and so forth.
“Today is about safety and we know the theme, ‘we learn and we adapt’. Reflecting on learning and adapting, and the transformation journey in the last couple of years, we have the ambition to change how we fundamentally do things in APM Terminals.
“We want to be more efficient, give our customers a better experience, deliver more to the Nigerian economy, and do this while ensuring that everyone goes home safe after work.
“In achieving this, learning from the past is critical. We have a lot to learn from happenings in the past. The first stage in any improvement is to realise where you are coming from and improve from there,” he said.
Knudsen added that over the past 16 years since it commenced operations, APM Terminals Apapa had made substantial investment not only in equipment and facility upgrade, but also in continuous training and manpower development.
“We are not only looking at functional skills that enable us to work more efficiently and faster, we also look at how we develop our supervisory levels, managerial levels and frontline levels to ensure that we grow the company,” he said.
Also, Igor Van Den Essen, Regional Managing Director, Africa and Europe, APM Terminals, commended the Apapa team for the major safety milestone, charged them to sustain and improve on the record.
“As we discuss safety while we observe Global Safety Day, we continuously highlight how deeply it impacts our operations and our entire company.
“Being in an asset-heavy industry and due to the nature of our operations, we consider safety to be non-negotiable to us, our people and our partners across the port logistics ecosystem, and it is also one of the three pillars of our strategy, ‘Safer, Bigger, Better’,” he said.
The Country Managing Director of APM Terminals Nigeria, Mr Klaus Laursen, while commending the employees, reminded them about the importance of maintaining safety every day.
“We need to look at a few things. The first step to becoming better is to realise that you have an opportunity to be better.
“So, you have to be humble, come to the consciousness that we can be better in small and bigger steps.
“So, when we come to work, if we want to maintain 400 days and more of no LTI, it is important that we, apart from what we do today, can do it better,” said Laursen.
According to him, the organisation encourages application of newly learned knowledge by its staff.
“Learning is for all of us. It gives us an opportunity to say ‘I think this could be better, I think I can help make this better’.
“And we can all be part of making a small and bigger improvement that makes this place a safe place to work,” he said.
A major highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificates of recognition to employees with outstanding safety records.
The event was attended by several stakeholders including the representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Police Force, Hapag Lloyd, Pacific International Lines and Maersk, among others.