It was celebration time at the Abuloma, Port Harcourt base of Nestoil Plc as both management and staff rolled out the drums to celebrate the company’s 3 million Lost Time Injury (LTI)-free man hours in its execution of Shell Petroleum Development Company’s Soku San Barth project.
Addressing the staff, management and contractors who had gathered for the celebration, the Executive Director of Nestoil, Mr. Keith Jones, said the company had cause to celebrate the milestone as it showed that its health, safety and environment record had steadily improved over the years.
“If we add this 3 million man hours to the 2.6 million man hours achieved on the old NCTL, we can proudly boast of 5.6 million man hours on the NCTL project from 2007 to 2014. I must say that this would not have been possible without your individual and collective contribution,” he said.
According to the executive director, “Nestoil’s accomplishment as an indigenous firm has improved tremendously from its first pipeline project. We were known then as a company that killed people. Today we are celebrated as an organisation with the capacity to deliver not just quality projects but to deliver them safely. Indeed Nestoil has come of age.”
He acknowledged the role of the company’s client, SPDC, in the attainment of the feat.
“With patience and guidance they have encouraged and provided direction to our organisation. We not only heeded their advise but have gone ahead to put a management system in place that will be of international standard by the end of this year when three of the companies, Nestoil PLC, Energy Works Technology Limited and B&Q limited will be certified to OHSAS 18001 2007. It is evidence of our commitment to a safe and healthy work place,” Jones added.
In his address, the Manager, Major Pipeline and Decommissioning Projects and Civil Engineering, SPDC, Mr. Lawrence Ajuyah, said, “Nestoil has indeed grown significantly since the first time they started working with SPDC.”
He noted that in 2006 when the company had two fatalities, the company was shut down and compensation paid to families of deceased staff.
Ajuyah expressed satisfaction that the Nestoil had been open to counselling. He commended the company for the milestone and noted that “the project was completed within target, budget and without LTI”.
He advised the company not to be complacent now that it has achieved 3 million LTI-free man hours.
“Once you go on a journey on the LTI-free on the upward stream, the HSE statistics becomes critical because any incident will reduce you to zero,” he cautioned.
Ajuyah also called on Nestoil to reinvigorate its Injury Free Club and strive to take necessary steps to celebrate 4 million, 5 million and more LTI free operations.