CUT COSTS, NOT CORNERS”
Accidents, Personal injuries or casualty on board a ship, not only hampers the shipboard operations and result heavy commercial losses to the company but also results in rigors investigations from authorities resulting in fines and in some cases jail term ……
The moral of this story – no good ever comes from compromising shipboard health and safety. “Shipping companies/ Operators / On board crew should try and avoid falling into the trap of sweeping safety to the side when times are tough, past experience and post accidents investigations revels that when corners are cut, injuries are more likely to occur.
In long run it can actually be cheaper to invest in proper crew section process, deploying more resources for in house crew trainings, supply of high standard personal protective equipment’s, seek advice from a professional to ensure compliance with companies HSQE policies. By ensuring proper implementation of HSQE policies on across fleet vessels, safety standards can be enhanced.
Financial strain was not an acceptable defence when faced with a health and safety prosecution. That’s why asset integrity and personal safety should always come first.
In present challenging time with lots of financial constrains, Shore Management are constantly looking at ways of reducing their running cost of ships and frequently look to supply chain cost cutting to do so. In this process, delicate balancing act between cost reduction and safety need to be established.
Need to optimised productivity and minimise unnecessary costs, at the same time adhering with health and safety requirements of Company SMS.
“Proper maintenance planning will maintain or even increase productivity, while also ensuring equipments is free from risk to health and safety of crew.
Past couple of years shows increases in accidents trends as work in charge is also assigned the duty of safety officer. Company policies defines Chief Engineers are defined as Safety Officer on board but often observed they do not have formal trainings and have limited work place health and safety experience
The risk is if crew or officer in-charge are flooded with work they will generally go back to what they know – which is operational stuff – that’s not necessarily specifically safety focused.
Even the most minor workplace incidents, such as accidents that occur without crew injury, could result in substantial loss in Man hours, while investigations were carried out.
Dedicated Safety person with formal trainings in risk assessment, safe job analysis and foresight for proper and effective implementation of company HSQE policies on board will ensure substantial reduction in the risk of on-board incidents / injuries.
A split second short cut could cost you more time in the long run to rectify the outcome.