Reflecting on three million man hours without lost time incident in Abu Dhabi

09.12.19

Published in Pipeline Magazine, December 2019.

By Brian Scott, Group HSEQ Manager.

ADIPEC is one of the highlights of the oil and gas industry calendar. The event always provides an excellent opportunity for our team to meet with other industry leaders and this year was no exception. Bringing together more than 145,000 visitors and 2,200 exhibitors from across the globe, ADIPEC 2019 proved to be a success not just for the petroleum industry but for Abu Dhabi.

This year, ADIPEC came at a time of celebration for TWMA. In October, we reached three million manhours without lost time incident (LTI) across our Abu Dhabi operations. With more than 260 employees in the region, this milestone reflects years of commitment to health and safety by our team.

This is just the latest ‘without LTI’ milestone for TWMA this year. In May, we celebrated eight years LTI free at our Egypt operation, an outstanding achievement which was followed by TWMA marking 12 months LTI free right across the company. Spanning operations at our 11 bases across the UK, US, Middle East and Africa, 12 months LTI free was a significant achievement and required commitment from every member of our 700-plus team.

In a year of these significant milestones, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on our approach to health and safety and how we continually strive to maintain our outstanding safety record.

As part of our commitment to upholding our safety record, we introduced our Stay Safe Programme in 2018. This programme is about keeping everyone we work with safe, in any region, on any site, at all times. It is based around our Hazard Awareness and Recognition Toolbox Talk (HART) which identifies tasks to be completed, the risks involved and the controls in place to mitigate these risks.

The Stay Safe Programme identifies six key tasks that are carried out within the business – working at height, operating equipment, confined space entry, driving, hazardous material handling and lifting operations. Each task has three associated Stay Safe Rules to remind staff of the important steps which must be taken to compete the task safely.

The programme is designed in such a way that it can easily be implemented for any activity outside of the six key tasks, by following the steps of identifying what the task is and what controls should be in place, then implementing the controls and completing the task in a controlled and safe manner.

The introduction of the Stay Safe Programme has resulted in a cultural shift across the company, with identifying potential risks becoming a key part of every employee’s working day, rather than being undertaken solely by the HSEQ department. Communication has significantly increased as our employees feel empowered to speak up about any health and safety risks they identify.

In Abu Dhabi specifically, we’ve focused on ensuring a strong health and safety presence through our HSEQ advisors. These advisors ensure personnel are trained on all HSEQ requirements and processes, while providing a constant presence by which we can continually audit our own procedures and liaise with clients.

At the heart of everything we do at TWMA is our people, and the emphasis we place on continually building upon our health and safety practices reflects this. We want to make sure that every possible measure is taken in order to ensure the safety of our personnel across the company.

There are direct benefits for our clients too. These ‘without LTI’ milestones result in decreased downtime, boosting production and bringing significant financial savings.

At TWMA, I’m proud to say that we are continuing to build a culture which puts an emphasis on safety every day and throughout all aspects of our operation, ensuring that our people are safe and our clients trust us. Our latest safety milestone in Abu Dhabi may be a significant one which we commend the whole team for, but we will continue evolving our safety processes as part of our commitment to maintaining our outstanding safety record.

Safety is the responsibility of everyone at TWMA and our programme empowers all employees to intervene if they see an unsafe act. It was encouraging to see how much focus was placed on HSE at ADIPEC 2019.

No matter how impressive your company’s health and safety record may be, it’s a vital part of the process to be continually reviewing and developing your safety strategy. At TWMA, we look forward to building on our safety record and achieving further safety milestones in years to come.

Brian Scott, Group HSEQ Manager

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