Special safety award for Ibrahim Turk at Total
Correct safety behaviour is at the heart of Total Petrochemicals Antwerp. For its own employees as well as for the contracting companies working on-site.
To encourage this, Total started a rewarding system for anybody who shows excellent safety skills on the Total Petrochemicals plant. Ibrahim Turk, scaffolder for Hertel, received this exceptional award for his attentiveness during his work on site.
Total Petrochemicals Antwerp (TPA) rewarded Ibrahim because of a Time-Out with which a potential incident or accident could be avoided. Ivo Mathé, coordinator in the maintenance department for TPA, explains: “At the backside of an escape ladder some tubing was installed close the step of the ladder. This caused a possible danger in two ways. First of all, the tube could be mistaken as a step and cause someone to fall. And secondly, by stepping on the tube the installation might have been damaged. Ibrahim noticed this possible danger and informed us immediately. We closed this zone and a maintenance order will reinstall the tubing.”
Wim Huygels, responsible for work preparation and progress at TPA, adds: “I think it’s important to stress that Ibrahim had an eye for safety and potential risk outside his area of work, which is scaffolding of course. It was not an issue about a specific scaffold, but about an escape ladder. Is is this kind of behaviour we appreciate and try to bring into the minds of all the people on site. Next to that, scaffolding will always be a high risk job. But good communication with the Hertel people and the many safety initiatives make sure we have safe working conditions on our plant.”
Ibrahim is happy with his reward. “I’m with Hertel for 25 years now. And I’ve won some rewards with the team at Monsanto and BRC, but this is the first time a get the award myself. Nevertheless, safety still is, and will always be, team work.”
Tuesday 27th of March 2012, 01:10:16 PM BST
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