“What Safety Really Means to Me” (MD – Alcon Nigeria Limited)

In my many years in the construction industry, I’ve come to realize that safety is simply caring for people. It’s about ensuring the workers get back to their family in one piece. As such create a state of mind that regards the workforce and workplace as an extension of the family and our homes respectively. To achieve this, careful attention has to be put into ensuring the workplace is safe, not in the sense of having a strict strait jacketed workplace where workers are bullied into complying with the rules but creating through effective free communication an environment of trust where safety is in the hearts and minds of our people.

Top management and senior managers have a responsibility to lead by example by creating an atmosphere where workers are free to express themselves about their safety and welfare believing that management will show concern by listening and acting decisively to safe guard them.

During site visits I realize that workers respond, to that handshake you give them, the smile, pat on the back and that peculiar thing you know about them. I can see the big smiles on their faces when I ask them about their wives and children. It’s this environment of trust that makes the worker catch and protect the management vision of “No Harm To People”.

I remember in one of the Shell Projects we executed, the Soku NAG Compression Project, where we built a world class accommodation camp for the workers with great facilities to carter for them, I always felt the passion for complying with safety rules exuded from the workers whenever I visited. We’ve worked for twenty four months without a recordable case.

As a Contractor to Shell, to achieve ‘Goal Zero’, we have to create a safety culture which is imbedded into the hearts of our workers. This year’s Shell safety day theme “Achieving Goal Zero Because We Care” reinforces the need for Shell Management and Contractors to demonstrate their commitment in creating an environment that fosters trust. As the Managing Director of Alcon Nigeria Limited, I and my leadership team are committed to caring for our workers because AT ALCON, WE CARE.

We Show genuine concern for the workers welfare  (Care For People), we are  interested in their health, feeding, comfort, where they sleep, happiness, their well-being, get to know them personally by names and identifying the things that motivates each individual on their jobs and put in place things to best support them.

I as the Managing Director believe and came up personally with our Slogans that says “At ALCON We Care” I will make sure all the required resources, necessary materials and conducive environment is made available for the Alcon Workers in Achieving Goal Zero - Because We Care.

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