Theme of safety day at ports on 2 October 2017 is “Stay up, see and be seen”
Slipped and remained hanging from the handle of a railway waggon door: 66 days of sick leave. Slipped on the quay: 5 days of sick leave. Slipped at the parking lot: 31 days of sick leave. Slipped and fell when closing a railway waggon door: 5 days of sick leave. These and countless other cases of slipping on the way to and from work and during the work duties were recorded during the first two months of 2017.
Slipping has a surprisingly great role, up to one half, in the occupational accident statistics of port work, which is categorised as dangerous work. In addition to absence from work, the accidents also cause harm in other aspects of a person’s life.
Safety on foot during the challenging winter conditions has been chosen one of the themes of the first nationwide safety day at ports: “Stay up, see and be seen”. In addition to slipping on even ground, attention is also paid to the right way of getting into and out of work machinery.
The port safety day will be held at all Finnish ports on 2 October 2017. In October, the days are already short and the twilight comes early. That is why it is also important to remind everyone of visibility. Workers and other people at the port must always wear reflective clothing. Its importance is well understood, but visibility at the workplaces is not less important in any way. Reflective clothing and reflectors are a cheap life insurance. The Finnish Road Traffic Act obliges pedestrians to use the a reflector on roads when it is dark.
The port safety day is a joint event of the management and personnel of enterprises, trade unions and port operators. Safety sessions will be held at the workplaces during breaks, reminding everyone of the dangers of the dark and slippery season of the year.
Finnish Port Operators Association
Mr. Markku Hakala, Director, Labour Market and Social Affairs, tel. +358 50 3734544
Mr. Henri Kuitunen, CEO, tel. +358 400 501 398
Mr. Rauli Pohjola, Personnel Director, tel. +358 44 232 3206
Oy Saimaa Terminals Ab
Mr. Tomi Rautio, CEO, tel. +358 44 232 3770