APM Terminals will put its new truck safety programme for deliveries and pick-ups into effect across its network by the end of 2016.
“Our goal is to ensure we have safe operations,” said Kevin Furniss, vice president for health, safety, security and the environment at APM Terminals. “The basic concept here is to eliminate the risk of accident or injury to the thousands of truck drivers who enter our facilities daily by strictly enforcing a ‘Stay in the Cab’ mandate for external truckers, with clearly identified Designated Safe Zones in non-operational areas specified for those occasions when leaving the truck is necessary. This programme reflects the tremendous team work from various terminal functions collaborating to develop a systematic approach to safety.”
The company recently completed a pilot scheme at its terminals in Apapa, Callao, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Rotterdam, where data from 100 hours of safety observations and 160 risk situations were analyzed.
“What the project really does is to put in place much more structure and with specifics regarding expectations,” said Jack Craig, vice president and global head of operations at APM. “This is a call to action.”