Nigeria’s largest container terminal, APM Terminals Apapa has said that it has set a new safety record at the port, as it recorded 400 days no Lost Time Injury (LTI).
No Lost Time Injury (LTI), which is a key indicator of the effectiveness of an organisation’s safety program, means no injury was sustained on the job by an employee or contractor that resulted in the person being away from work due to his or her injury.
This was made known at an event to mark the company’s 2022 Global Safety Day in Lagos, with the theme, “We Learn And We Adapt.”
Regional Managing Director, Africa and Europe at APM Terminals, Igor Van Den Essen, who was on a visit to Nigeria, commended the Apapa team for the major safety milestone, charged them to sustain and improve on the record.
He said, “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”.
The Country Managing Director of APM Terminals Nigeria, Klaus Laursen, while commending the employees, said, “We are here to remind ourselves 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. We have to 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. One of the things that we do as an organisation to foster this is when we try to apply our newly learned knowledge.”
Terminal Manager, APM Terminals Apapa, Steen Knudsen, encouraged employees to celebrate themselves as they had achieved a huge milestone of going through a whole year without any injury recorded. He urged employees to always remain safety conscious.
He said, “All of us here should inculcate the practice of coming forward to report incidents to ensure a more robust safety. I want you to also know that safety is not only for today; safety is tomorrow, next tomorrow, next week, and so forth.
“Today is about safety and we know the theme, ‘we learn and we adapt’. When I try to reflect on learning and adapting, I want to talk a little bit about the transformation journey that we have been on in the last couple of years. We have the ambition to change how we fundamentally do things in APM Terminals.