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Severe and Fatal Incident Prevention – making our people safer in Nigeria

While we aim to eliminate all accidents, we know that it is the most serious that have the worst impact on employees and their families. In 2011, we introduced a radical new component to our Zero Harm strategy, a Severe and Fatal Incident Prevention (SFIP) programme designed to eliminate our highest risks.

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SFIP ensures that proven elimination and best practice controls are implemented globally. All around the world we are fundamentally transforming ways of working to eliminate the conditions that allow serious accidents to happen. Driving, on-site traffic and working at height have all been identified as among our highest risks – and our programme in Nigeria shows how SFIP has helped us build initiatives worldwide to reduce them.

In driving, we recognise that we cannot control road conditions or other drivers, but our approach focuses on elements we can control: standard of equipment, capabilities and our drivers’ behaviour. In Nigeria, we have invested in driver training, communication and awareness campaigns, medical assessments, robust incident analysis and the use of vehicle devices that monitor driver behaviour. Road traffic accidents in Nigeria have more than halved since these elements were introduced.

We have also transformed how we manage traffic on our sites. Unauthorised use of vehicles has led to serious accidents in the past, so new yard marshals at every site manage safe traffic movements, enforce key controls and ensure no pedestrians enter the area. All our sites in Nigeria have now introduced one-way systems, and at suitable sites we have built dedicated parking areas where trucks can wait until they can enter safely.

Working at height is one of our biggest severe and fatal risks. This year we made a series of changes, including banning the use of portable ladders from which someone can fall 2m or more, installing fall arrest cable anchor systems for safe access to vehicle trailers, and completing specialist work on height assessments at all sites. These identified specific improvements including the use of specialist scaffolding. We also trained around 30 people, both contractors and employees, to ensure scaffolding is erected and used safely.

The SFIP programme will continue to make our operations safer, both in Nigeria and around the world, as we strive to fulfil our ambition of Zero Harm: that everyone goes home safe, every day, everywhere.