We live safety
We want our employees and contractors to be out of harm’s way at work, and their families to trust that we’ll bring them home. And we want our customers and partners to be confident that we strive to keep lives and assets out of risk, no matter where they are.
The many different jobs, tasks and locations that the Group’s businesses offer are an immense attraction for many employees. However, they may constitute a challenge when it comes to creating a shared safety culture.
Long and busy weeks on a vessel, a tugboat or a drilling rig can give a feeling of being ‘on your own’ for offshore employees. For office employees, who have never had the opportunity to see for themselves, the challenges of an offshore environment can on the other hand be somewhat vague.
Opening doors and exchanging employees, Svitzer is poised to crack the code.
Open door policy
“A tugboat has become a much safer workplace but we must be aware that there is still danger and a potential for accidents. It can be isolated working for two weeks on a tug but we feel the support from the organization and that makes a difference,” says John Nelson, a tugboat captain with Svitzer.
Nelson has worked offshore for Svitzer since 1974, interrupted only by a brief period on shore. Today, his workplace is in Scotland as a tug master on the river Clyde.
When Svitzer reinforced its safety commitment in 2012, making it the no. 1 priority of its strategy, culture was identified as one of several focus areas. The challenge was – bringing matters to a head – that office people didn’t see safety as a concern and seafarers see the need for outside input.
All in the same boat
One initiative has been an exchange between employees in offices and employees on tugboats. Getting acquainted, learning and not least understanding that they are in the same boat: