Building contracting firm, Dori Construction and Engineering (Nigeria) Limited, has announced the achievement of over one million man-hours without loss time injury (LTI) on its ongoing Marriot Hotel, Ikeja project.
This was disclosed at an event to mark the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work themed “Optimising the Collection and Use of OSH Data” held at the project location on Oba Aladejobi Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
According to Estate Intel, the project is a 7-storey project that has Sifax Group as developers, Etco as electrical engineers, G1 Architecture as architects, and Dori Construction as main contractors.
The HSE Manager at Dori Construction, Oluwemimo Sam-Aghedo, in a chat with Safety Record Newspaper said the feat was achieved through “proactive monitoring”, and added that driving OSH data recording on site helped safety monitoring.
“We want to focus more on proactive monitoring. We don’t want to focus on the lagging indicators; we want to focus on the leading indicators.
“What am I talking about? We want people to key into PPE compliance, house-keeping, safety inductions.
“We realised that if we focus more on the leading indicators, we don’t have to necessarily look at fatalities, loss time injuries, restricted work cases and things like that.
“Basically, I started driving recording. We must record, not that I worked eight hours today and nobody got injured.
“We must record every hour worked on site, and we have a template for recording also: weekly report, monthly report.
“And the cumulative is what we are celebrating today, which is over one-million hours without loss time injury. That is, we didn’t have any reason to close the sight because of a work-related incident,” she said.
While addressing the workers earlier, Sam-Aghedo said, “It’s a big deal; it is commendable and we hope to keep this up until completion of project.”
Also addressing the workers at the event, a representative of Dori management said analysis of hazard reporting by the workers has helped to drastically reduce workplace incidents on site.
“The analysis from hazard reporting by most of you has helped reduce the rate of accidents in Dori.”
He urged the workers to always bear in mind that safety is not majorly because of management but workers.
“Safety is not for the sake of the management; safety is for our own sake.
“Safety is part of welfare because if there is an accident that either resulted to permanent disability or death, the company will not lose much – probably in medical bills and compensation – but the victim is the ultimate loser,” he said.
The Director of safety NGO, Safety Advocacy and Enforcement Foundation (SAEF), Engr. Jamiu Badmos, commended the management of the company for maintaining high safety standards on its project sites and urged the workers to help the management by complying with safety instructions, rules and regulations.
He said it was disheartening that while many company managements were trying to key into the practice of safety at work, some workers were hell bent on frustrating their management’s efforts by working dangerously.
Meanwhile, the company awarded hall of fame awards to three workers for their contribution to the project.
The workers were identified as Progress Ekpo, Eze Jonah and Michael Jide.