In the year to date, APM Terminals has improved 29% in port injuries over the same period in 2009. According to the Company, annual safety data recently released by the UK-based International Cargo Handling Association (ICHCA), which represents approximately 30% of total global port throughput, showed APM Terminals consistently outperforming the industry with 0.57 injuries per 100,000 teu handled globally in 2009, compared with an ICHCA membership average of 2.13 for the same period.
Between 2008 and 2009 ICHCA members demonstrated improvement in safety performance of 27%, while APM Terminals achieved a 60% reduction in port-related accidents.
“Our policy is never to accept an unsafe condition and to proactively engage in making every day a safe day” said APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer, who has made safety a component of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme for the past five years.
During this year’s Global Safety Day, each APM Terminals facility worked from a catalogue of activities and safety education projects tailored to local needs. Topics covered included Work Processes, Risk Management, Personal Protective Equipment and Tools, Safety Awareness Activities and External Parties, including all personnel conducting business on any APM Terminals work site and contract workers, outside truck drivers and visitors.
Safety training for outside drivers will be aggressively pursued as terminals work to reduce accidents and injuries. An analysis of APM Terminals’ safety performance reporting has indicated that nearly half of all port and terminal accident risk (49%) is the result of vehicular traffic violations.
“We strive for zero injuries, and we will not let up until we have attained this goal,” said Fejfer.