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Peel Ports ranked as safest port operator in UK

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Port Skills and Safety has recently announced their annual benchmarking results for 2019, ranking Peel Ports in first place for the lowest rate of significant injuries as measured by lost time incidents (LTIs).

The announcement follows a 90% reduction in LTIs over the past 2 years, thanks to the focussed and combined efforts of Peel Ports employees.

Peel Ports CEO, Mark Whitworth, said: “Our vision is to ensure that everyone goes home safely every day. In order for safety to remain front and centre, we cannot be complacent and instead must focus on constantly learning and growing, and providing opportunities for everyone to do the same.

“We must remember that we’re operating in potentially dangerous environments and it’s everyone’s individual responsibly to remain vigilant and engaged with the Group’s health and safety activities.

“No one can afford to be complacent. Port hazards are as significant today as they have always been. To control them, we must continue to invest heavily in planning each task carefully so that injuries don’t occur. We need to continue to promote a ‘brother’s keeper’ philosophy where everyone looks out for each other and we don’t hesitate to intervene if something is seen that may not be safe.”

The company’s vision of achieving zero lost time incidents was established in 2017, when the newly-appointed Group Health and Safety Director was tasked with setting the strategy to achieve this goal. The first Group Health and Safety Plan was launched that same year and today, the company is onto its fourth annual plan.

Since 2017, a wide range of projects and initiatives have been launched aimed at developing people, improving processes and using the right tools and equipment to ensure exemplary safety behaviours.

Ron Hunter, Group Health and Safety Director at Peel Ports, said: “Every employee deserves to be congratulated on the progress that they have made. Nearly one hundred employees have avoided serious injury based on the improving incident rate of the last three years; that is something we should all be proud of.”

These ongoing improvements mean that more and more colleagues are avoiding injury and ill-health and going home safely to their families at the end of each working day – demonstrating that the company is on the right path.

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