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Port operating company celebrates

The South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICTSI) in Lae celebrated its annual safety day with employees and their families last Saturday.

The safety day was to mark a milestone of operating more than 2000 days without lost time injury (LTI) as safety is a core function of the company’s operations.

Chief operations officer George Gware congratulated the employees for the milestone.

“For SPICT, safety is a journey towards a mindset, rather than just a set of rules to follow within the facility premises. And we are very proud of our journey so far, proud of our people’s attitude and their initiatives to make SPICT even a safer place for everyone,” Mr Gware said.

The company held talent shows and activities relating to the theme ‘zero harm’ following five different categories of safety risk known as the fatal five.

The fatal five were control of contractors, stored energy, transportation, and suspended loads and working at heights, which employers demonstrated their talents on how they can maintain and tolerate safety in the working environment.

The objective is to mitigate the fatal five risks for employees as well as for customers and port users by continuously investing in modern equipment, IT infrastructure and people upskilling in safety international standards of its operations.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Maxwell said the employees spent almost half of the day working in the terminal which is a second home to them so during the safety day, the company wants them to feel safe and also assure their families at home that their loved ones are working in a safe-work environment.

“Safety day is the biggest event of the year for both our terminals in PNG and that is because ICTSI South Pacific’s management wants to deliver a clear message to all our stakeholders that safety is the cornerstone of what we do and it’s non-negotiable,” Mr Maxwell said.

The day ended with a tour of the facility which families were invited for a bus ride into the container terminal.