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Training focuses on safety issues

Monika Singh
Saturday, January 13, 2018

WITH safety as their first priority in 2018, Fulton Hogan Hiways held a back to work safety training for its staff members and selected subcontractors.

A media statement issued yesterday said the day-long event covered refresher training in risk areas such as emergency first aid, temporary traffic management, vehicle load security, fatigue prevention and a session with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

It said more than 400 workers and subcontractors were part of the training held at FHH depots in Samabula, Rewa and Savusavu.

FHH manager health and safety, John Tinsley, said it was important after coming back from a holiday break, that workers "refreshed and refocused themselves on basic safety rules, procedures and hazards of our work."

"Upgrading and maintaining roads carries a lot of risks and potential hazards, and so our First Day Back Safety Training initiative ensures that we do not take safety for granted in everything we do," said Mr Tinsley.

He said while their Fiji operation's injury frequency rate was lower than their parent company in New Zealand and Australia, there were still areas that could be improved.

"Despite that, we still did not achieve our goal of zero harm in 2017 because of a few injury incidents during the year, with the most recent happening in late December, reminding us that safety is every workers responsibility.

"As a team, safety remains our top priority with zero harm our ultimate goal for 2018," said Mr Tinsley.

Meanwhile at the completion of the training activities all vehicles, safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was checked to ensure all were in good condition prior to the start of work.

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