Safety is a Keppel core value and impacts decisions at every level across the Group. Keppel is committed to create an incident-free workplace for all our stakeholders.
The Keppel Corporation Board Safety Committee (BSC), supported by the Inter-Strategic Business Unit Safety Committee, leads efforts to implement initiatives and improve performance.
Underscoring Keppel's strong safety culture, the BSC and senior management conduct site visits to engage operational staff. In 2014, the BSC visited Keppel Offshore & Marine's BrasFELS yard in Angra dos Reis, Brazil; Keppel Land's projects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Keppel Infrastructure's Senoko Waste-to-Energy Plant in Singapore.
Senior management reviewed safety objectives and discussed strategies to strengthen alignment across the Group during sessions such as a CEO roundtable with Ken Woodward, who holds an Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for services to health and safety.
Recognising that fatigue and poor health often contribute to accidents, we implement comprehensive and holistic measures to improve the well-being of our workforce.
In 2014, Keppel Shipyard completed the construction of a Well-Being and Support Centre which will provide holistic health and medical services, as well as counselling for workers. Initiatives at other business units include exercise programmes and healthy lifestyle campaigns.
To ensure that our safety messages are understood by our multinational and multicultural workforce, especially subcontractors, Keppel Shipyard has trained experienced foreign workers as mentors to discuss Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) issues with fellow workers in their native language.
The Keppel Safety Training Centre educates contractors and subcontractors on topics such as working at height and fire-fighting to ensure alignment with the Group's safety practices.
Despite our best efforts, our Accident Frequency Rate and Accident Severity Rate increased in 2014 as we suffered four fatalities globally. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleagues. We have thoroughly investigated the incidents and reviewed our existing control measures to prevent similar incidents from recurring.
In recognition of Keppel's commitment to improve workplace safety, Singapore's WSH Council and the Ministry of Manpower awarded the Group 39 WSH Awards in 2014.
We will continue to refine our processes to further strengthen our safety culture for the benefit of all our stakeholders.