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Safety Officer Report

Safety Officer Report

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REPORT ON HAZARDS ANALYSIS AND CONTROL FOR THE BARGE CONSTRUCTION SITE.
REPORT ON HAZARDS ANALYSIS AND CONTROL FOR THE BARGE CONSTRUCTION SITE.

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INTERNAL MEMO
Date:February 15
th
, 2008.To:ManagementThro:Operations ManageFrom:Safety OfficeSubject:
REPORT ON HAZARDS ANALYSIS AND CONTROL FOR THEBARGE CONSTRUCTION SITE.
Sir, In view of the safety concerns of the company, (Gladwyn Investment CompanyLimited) a detailed safety audit was carried out at the barge fabrication area. Thepurpose is to identify, analyze and adopt control measures for hazards associatedwith the job.The safety audit is also meant to assess the present state of the company’s HealthSafety and Environment (HSE) – Management system in order to bring aboutimprovements.
HAZARDS AND UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS
During the audit exercise, we identified a number of hazards and unsafe workingconditions associated with the barge construction project, and are stated below.
1.
Incomplete personal protective equipments (PPEs): Most of the workers wereseen working without their personal protective equipments because they were notgiven. The absence of these protective equipments is of great risk because someinjuries which would have ordinarily been prevented are left unguarded due theabsence of these equipments. The most essential required personal protectiveequipments (PPEs) for the barge fabrication job are:
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Safety Boots
Hand Gloves
Splash Goggles
Safety Glasses
Safety Suits
Safety Caps
Safety Belts
2.
Absence of fire emergency response personnel and facilities:
Absence of fire extinguisher at the barge fabrication site.
There is no trained and competent fire watch on site.
Absence of fire alarm, flash point detectors and other fire safety aids around thecompany premises.
3.
Occupational Health hazards to the workers resulting to their exposure to adverseweather conditions:
The direct effect of the sun rays on the welders coupled with the heat andsmoke from the welding activities (Heat Stroke).
Absence of workshop shade to prevent rain and electrical discharges that mightresult from thunder strikes.
The work site lacks a standard toilet facility, hence the worker take advantageof any available space within the company premises for such needs. This actionis very unhygienic, coupled with the man hour lose it takes.
4.
Some of the very essential working equipments/tools are defective and in somecases absent. This has left the workers with no option but to resort to unsafeactions.
Absence of comprehensive scaffolds and ladder for climbing heights.
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There are no facilities for lifting heavy equipments; hence the workers resort tomanual carrying even without their PPE
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Some of the welding cables are old, defective and potential sources of electricalleakage/shock.
5.
Complete absence of barricades and caution signs along the River blank whichhappens to be very close to the barge construction work. In fact the River blank is just a few meters away from the work site and is a major safety concern, especiallybecause most of the workers working around there are unable to swim.6.General lack of awareness to safety, good house keeping and contingencymanagement.
HAZARDS ASSESSMENT AND CONSEQUENCE
Having identified some of the hazards and unsafe conditions associated with thebarge construction job, we also need to analyze the consequence in order tounderstand and avert the impending contingencies that might arise.When we place the frequency level of hazards and unsafe conditions around the workarea, against the ISO1400 risk assessment matrix, there is a very high probability of an impending undesired occurrence (accident). The potential damage that mightresult to life, assets, environment and reputation of the company is such that cannotbe over looked. The situation is one that calls for immediate response bymanagement to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to control the above riskfactors to “as law as reasonably practicable” (ALARP).
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