On the 1st of November 2022, FIRST E&P attained an important safety milestone. On that day, the company successfully crossed the 5-million-man hour mark of Lost-Time Incident Free Operations.
Lost time incidents (LTI) are accidents that occur when a worker sustains an injury that results in time off from work, or loss of productive work (absenteeism or delays). The term also includes injuries that result fatality or permanent disability.
The oil and gas industry is considered as one that has a high risk nature. Accidents in the oil and gas industry happen all too often so it is important for companies in the industry to minimize and keep track of all near misses and incidents arising during operations. Common incidents in the sector range from fires and explosions to exposure to chemicals, radiation, harmful substances or environments; trauma from impact against equipment and objects; slips, trips and falls; transportation accidents and so on.
The milestone attained means that across all aspects of operations, FIRST E&P did not record any incident that resulted in injury or deleterious harm to personnel. From the complex integrated development activities in the Anyala and Madu fields, to onshore fabrications, load outs, transportations, offshore constructions, drilling, hookups and productions and head office activities, the company delivered 5 million man-hours of continuous work without recording any Lost Time Incidents. Each personnel onshore and offshore is assigned a maximum of 8 hours and 12 hours of work per day respectively; and hundreds of personnel were involved in all these activities.
Commenting on the accomplishment, FIRST E&P’s Managing Director, Ademola Adeyemi- Bero remarked that, “At FIRST E&P, the safety of our people, environment, and assets are held at the apex of the company’s core values. It is rewarding to see what happens when we are firmly behind a collective goal. As we celebrate this important achievement, we have decided to use this opportunity to make fresh commitments to deliver the next 5-million-man hours of Safe (Lost Time Incident Free) Operations.”
Globally, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) records indicate that FIRST E&P’s LTI frequency of 0.00 was better compared to global industry 2021 average of 0.22. This is a world class performance by industry standards.
The efforts that yielded the laudable results included:
- Frontline supervision of work activities by HSE professionals, construction leads and drilling supervisors.
- Focused campaigns at all work fronts, led by the management team and principals to engage, reinforce, motivate, correct and commend the entire organization
- Strong sense of personal ownership and responsibility by all FIRST E&P employees towards maintaining a safe workplace.
- Detailed and robust interdisciplinary planning and reviews
- Hazard identification and risk assessment studies for all phases of project activities and implementation.
Congratulations to all FIRST E&P people, to the company’s partners, suppliers, and contractors on this great achievement.