Occupational Health and Safety

Rates of Injury, Lost Days and Absenteeism and Total Number of Work-related Fatalities by region

The safety initiatives introduced in 2011 and 2012 have started to show a sustained improvement for personal safety in 2013. There were 3 LTIs for 2013, one fewer than in 2012. The reporting of leading indicators (e.g. near misses) fell by 7.2% for the period 2013 compared to 2012 as six (6) new ships were added to the Fleet. (At the end of 2012 there were 15 owned and managed ships whereas at the end of 2013 there were 24 owned ships in the Fleet of which 3 were managed by a third party). (It is not CNCo policy to prescribe a number of near misses to report each month; we rely on the integrity of our staff to report quality near misses which are then shared with the Fleet in the monthly Safety and Quality report). With a large number of new joiners to the Company it takes time to adapt to the reporting culture.

The safety initiatives introduced in 2011 and 2012 have started to show a sustained improvement for personal safety in 2013.

Near Miss Reporting – Instruction in the understanding of near miss reporting is carried out at all internal Safety Awareness training sessions to ensure that the driver of near miss reporting as a proactive safety tool is clearly understood by all.

The General Permit to Work or Tool Box Risk Identification Permit (TRIP) has continued to create greater focus on safety for all work activities carried out on board. This enables potential hazards to be identified and control measures implemented before commencing any work.

Similarly with TRIPs being reported there has been fall of 25.6% for the same period as it takes time to adapt to the TRIP requirement. The number of TRIPs reported during 2013 stands at 103 per ship per month, from the 135 for the year 2012 and it is envisaged that as the TRIP concept becomes more firmly embedded with our sea staff, the number of near misses will start to reduce year on year. This is because identifying hazards and implementing controls should eliminate opportunities for near misses to occur.

Training in the use of the TRIP is carried out during all safety awareness courses in order to demonstrate its use and benefit for safety for all work related activities. Notwithstanding that it is a legal document; its intrinsic purpose is to allow a considered and measured risk management process to take place before starting every work activity. As a consequence of slightly retarding the commencement of work it allows more time for work to be planned safely.

4-Box Alert: The 4-Box concept has proven a significantly powerful tool in helping to deliver a very strong safety message to the Fleet in a very short time frame. The 4-Box is used for a variety of different incidents, not only for LTIs but also for severe near misses where the potential for injury and damage are assessed as significant. The 4-Box register is reviewed at every Safety Awareness Course (SAC) so that the learning outcomes are not forgotten and feedback from the incidents reviewed. A Number of NGO’s have asked to use CNCo’s 4-Box concept, and this permission has of course been freely given.

The full CNCO Safety Statistics for sea staff can be viewed in the graph below.

There was no work-related fatality in CNCo in 2013.


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Lost Time Injury
Total Recordable Case Frequency
Restricted Work Case
Medical Treatment Case
Toolbox Risk Identification Permit

Near Misses

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