Keppel Shipyard, a member of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited, (Keppel O&M) will build a safety training complex dedicated to further equip its entire 14,000 workforce with safety knowledge and competencies.
The plan was unveiled at the launch of Keppel Group’s “Safety Starts with Me - Together We Care” campaign on 2 June, 2009.
To be sited next to the Keppel Offshore & Marine Group Training Centre in the premises of Keppel Shipyard’s Tuas Yard, the safety training complex will be the leading integrated safety training centre for its multi-national workforce, including all its subcontractors.
When completed by the end of the year, the Safety Training Complex will be the first such training centre in Singapore.
Mr Tong Chong Heong, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel O&M, said, “Beyond equipping our direct workers, we will also be providing all our resident subcontractors with essential safety training at the complex for free.
“All our resident subcontract workers will get to enjoy the same set of safety awareness and competency training as our own direct workers so that we can achieve a consistent safety standard and a common safety mindset across Keppel Shipyard.”
The training complex covers all aspects of safety training with special focus on height safety, confined space safety, electrical safety and material handling safety.
It will comprise three levels of classroom training, a fire fighting training simulator, a marine metal scaffolding training area, a riggers and signalmen training area and a six level mid-ship safety module built to simulate the work environment.
Keppel drives collective responsibility for a safe workplace
Keppel Group’s “Safety Starts with Me - Together We Care” campaign aims to further enhance safety ownership among all stakeholders, including the subcontractors. As part of the ‘Together We Care’ initiative, Keppel hopes to instil in everyone the importance of looking out for one another and build up a work-safe environment.
The campaign was officially launched at Keppel Shipyard by Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Manpower. He said, “It is encouraging to witness the Keppel Group’s consistent and good efforts to strengthen safety ownership and raise safety awareness across all your business units.
“Keppel’s campaign theme this year “Safety Starts With Me – Together We Care” aptly puts across each individual’s responsibility for his own workplace safety as well as the need to care for the safety and health of his co-workers.”
“Together We Care” is a continuation of Keppel Shipyard’s “Safety Starts with Me” initiative launched in 2007. It is also a follow up to Keppel Group’s “Safety Starts with Me” campaign launched last year which promoted a sense of personal and collective responsibility to ensure that everyone returns home safely at the end of each work day.
Keppel is moving closer to the goal of getting its personnel to embrace safety as their way of life. In the first quarter of 2009, the Keppel Group achieved a lower Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) of 0.33 reportable cases for every million man-hours worked. This improvement builds on its track record of 0.4 for its 2008 AFR.
At the ceremony, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, CEO of Keppel Corporation, the parent company of Keppel O&M, emphasised the importance of safety as a top priority, saying, “Through the ‘Together We Care’ initiative, we drive home the importance of looking out for one another. I cannot emphasise enough that by looking out for each other and sharing safety knowledge, we will help to enhance overall safety welfare.”
Through the “Safety Starts with Me – Together We Care” initiative, Keppel Shipyard seeks to empower its 14,000 strong multi-national workforce to take care of each other‘s safety through observation and intervention skills as well as the “Safety-Buddies” scheme. The goal is to significantly enhance safety ownership, especially among all its workers and subcontractors. Since 2008, over 12,000 direct and indirect workers have been trained in observation and intervention skills by Keppel Shipyard with the support of its customers.
Mr Choo added, “Beyond mindset change and training, creating a safe workplace also involves enhancing and mechanising yard facilities. I am pleased to highlight that Keppel Shipyard is about to complete an automated pipe workshop which when operational will drastically reduce the manual handling of pipes. This will further minimise our workers’ hands being exposed to possible hazardous situations when handling pipes. The workshop will also further improve working conditions and allow for the deployment of older workers.”
Keppel Shipyard will continue to enhance their “Safety Excellence 2010” initiative as part of their “Safety Plus Program”. These include strengthening the Safety Leadership and also the building of the new dedicated safety training complex to centralise all its safety training programmes.