85 Accident prevention: from vision to action through ‘harm to zero’ concept

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IntroductionHundreds of lives are being lost in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry as a result of three critical safety factors (unsafe behaviours of the utility workers, poor public perception of safety and the unsafe network conditions in terms of the electrical infrastructure). A critical review of past incidents shows that a lot of the accidents are caused by the workers who are either Non-Compliant or Compliant or Committed with the Non-Compliant workers constituting 85% in the industry. This presentation reviews the accident scenarios and looks at the prevention strategy, ‘Harm to Zero’ (H2O) concept developed and implemented at Ikeja Electric PLC, the largest distribution company in Nigeria.MethodsData was retrieved through survey, past accident reports, Regulators’ report and annual HSE Performance reports. These records were analysed to form the baseline records. The ‘Harm to Zero’ (H2O) strategy which comprises Network Safety Monitor, Safety Watchdog, Safety Counselling and videos, Hazards Identification Competition, Safety Huddle, IE Safety Code, Public Sensitisation Program and Mandate4 was then developed based on the identified gaps and implemented in 2015, 2016 and 2017.ResultAnalysis of the results in 2016 shows that staff injury has reduced by 40%, third party injury (non staff) by 56.25% and third party fatality by 25% when compared with 2015 while the Fatality was reduced by 60% in 2015 compared to 2014.The safety survey results in 2015 and 2016 show that there is drastic improvement in safety culture in the company as against previous years. Above all, the zero fatality record in 2017 is unprecedented in the history of the company and the industry at large. The company is now certified to OHSAS 18001:2007.DiscussionWith this innovative strategy, the company is achieving sustainable safety performance which presently translates into operational excellence and business sustainability.

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