TT Club's Laurence Jones and Safety First
Safety in Ports and Terminals
Port and terminal operations are a dangerous business. In 2022, 25% of the cost of all claims for TT Club port and terminal members globally were for bodily injuries. Unfortunately, this number has not decreased over the last 10 years, even though safety has been a top priority in the industry.
There are several reasons why safety in ports and terminals is so essential. First, the injuries that can occur in these environments can be very serious, even fatal. Second, accidents in ports and terminals can have a significant impact on productivity. Third, accidents can damage cargo, which can lead to financial losses for businesses.
What Can be Done to Improve Safety in Ports and Terminals:
- Senior management must be committed to safety. This means setting clear safety goals, providing adequate resources for safety, and holding employees accountable for following safety procedures.
- Employees must be trained in safety procedures. This training should be ongoing and cover all port and terminal operations aspects.
- Safety procedures must be in place and enforced. These procedures should be designed to prevent accidents and should be reviewed on a regular basis.
- Technology can be used to improve safety. There are a number of technologies available that can help to prevent accidents, such as collision avoidance systems and video surveillance.
Safety in ports and terminals is a shared responsibility. Senior management, employees, and technology all have a role to play in creating a safe working environment. By working together, we can reduce the number of accidents and injuries in these high-risk environments.