The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has achieved 365 days of Lost Time Injury (LTI)-free operations.
This, the company said, translated to 1.6 million safe man-hours.
The Head, Branding and Corporate Communication, IBEDC, Mrs Angela Olanrewaju, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, the company achieved the milestone due to the emphasis it placed on safety which had formed part of its core strategic business goals consistently for over three years.
“This safety achievement is a big milestone in the power sector considering the level of risks involved in the day-to-day activities and the extent of free access to electrical installations.
“The power sector by nature is fraught with high-level hazard and occupational risk. To achieve a year with no lost time injury is definitely a milestone to recognise,” the Chief Technical Officer, Engr. Ade Ayileka was quoted as saying in the statement.
Ayileka said that IBEDC was determined to achieve vision zero incident by 2020, adding that the goal would be achieved through prioritising safety.
He identified other steps needed to achieve the goal as extensive customer education, sensitisation on safety and huge investment on safety gear and equipment for staff.
He disclosed that IBEDC had engaged the services of an accredited environmental consultancy firm, AMPAK Nigeria Limited to “ensure we continue to keep safety as a culture as we work toward the International Standard Certification, which specifies requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System”.
He stressed that AMPAK Nigeria Limited would help to improve IBEDC’s health, safety and environment programme.
Ayileka said the firm would help IBEDC consolidate its existing safety structure and recommend new measures to attain the ISO 45001:2018 International Safety Standard Certification.
However, the Chief Technical Officer appealed to customers to work in collaboration with IBEDC and its staff to attain this mission by not tampering with electrical installation or assaulting its staff and refraining from building any structure under power lines.