400 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI) is a new safety record for the port for APM Terminals Apapa.
No Lost Time Injury (LTI), a crucial metric for gauging the success of a company’s safety program, refers to no workplace accidents where an employee or contractor was hurt and had to miss time from work as a result.
This was said in a statement made on Monday in Lagos by Mr. Steen Knudsen, terminal manager of APM Terminals Apapa.
He said that the company’s 2022 Global Safety Day in Lagos, with the subject “We Learn And We Adapt,” was the occasion when the new record was made public.
Knudsen asked the workers to maintain a safety-conscious attitude and to recognize themselves for reaching the enormous milestone of lasting an entire year without reporting any injuries.
“To promote greater safety, each of us in this room should instill the habit of reporting events. Safety extends beyond today to include tomorrow, the day after that, the following week, and so on.
We are aware of the theme, “We learn and we adapt,” and today’s topic is safety. We want to fundamentally alter the way we conduct business at APM Terminals in light of what we have learned and adjusted to over the past few years.
“We want to increase productivity, provide a better customer experience, contribute more to the Nigerian economy, and accomplish all of this while making sure that everyone returns home safely from work.
Learning from the past is crucial to attaining this. We can learn a lot from what has happened in the past. Realizing where you are coming from and improving from there is the first step in any improvement, the speaker added.
APM Terminals Apapa has made significant investments over the past 16 years since it began operations. Knudsen continued, not only in equipment and facility upgrades but also in ongoing training and workforce development.
“We are looking at how we develop our supervisory levels, managerial levels, and front line levels to ensure that we grow the company,” he said. “We are not only looking at functional skills that enable us to work more efficiently and quickly.”
Additionally, Igor Van Den Essen, the regional managing director for Africa and Europe at APM Terminals, praised the Apapa team for the significant safety milestone and urged them to maintain and improve on the record.
“As we talk about safety on Global Safety Day, we continually emphasize how much it affects our business as a whole.
We believe safety to be non-negotiable to us, our workers, and our partners across the port logistics ecosystem and it is also one of the three pillars of our strategy “Safer, Bigger, Better” because we operate in an asset-heavy sector.
While praising the staff, Mr. Klaus Laursen, Country Managing Director of APM Terminals Nigeria, reminded them of the significance of upholding safety every day.
“A few things need to be examined. Realizing that you have the chance to improve is the first step to doing so.
“Therefore, you must be humble and realize that we can improve in both tiny and significant ways.
Accordingly, Laursen added, “When we come to work, it is crucial that we, apart from what we do now, can do it better if we want to maintain 400 days or more of no LTI.”
He claims that the company encourages its employees to put fresh information to use.
All of us should learn. It gives us the chance to express our opinions and suggest ways in which we may contribute to improvement.
And we can all work together to create little and significant improvements that will make this workplace safer, he added.
The awarding of certificates of honor to personnel with exceptional safety records was one of the event’s key highlights.
Numerous participants, including those from the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigerian Police Force, Hapag Lloyd, Pacific International Lines, and Maersk, among others, attended the event.