Safety and the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal
The Corrib Gas Partners have placed a premium on site safety at the Bellanaboy Bridge gas terminal - once the largest construction site in the country with more than 1,000 employees.
Construction sites, by their nature, can be hazardous so promoting and developing a culture of safe working is vital.
All workers are given a safety induction and there are regular “toolbox talks” at which the emphasis on safety is stressed. The Contractor of the Month Award was introduced by CMC - the construction management company – as part of a promotion to ensure the highest safety standards on the site.
Safety performance on site is measured in hours worked without a lost time incident (LTI). The significant milestone of one million man hours worked without a lost time incident was achieved in 2008, 2010 and again in 2011. In 2013 a significant double milestone in the safety record of the Corrib gas project was marked, as Shell staff and contractors celebrated 4,000,000 hours and two years worked without any time off due to incident or injury.
As part of its safety at work programme, the Corrib Gas Partners give workers the opportunity to complete a Defensive Driving Course. This includes theory and practical training and is designed to encourage drivers commuting to and from work to behave in a safe and courteous manner.
The safety and welfare of workers is always the number one priority and they are encouraged to apply the safety message to all their daily activities, whether at work or at home.
Shell E&P Ireland Limited is part of Shell’s EP Europe organisation, which has extensive experience in operating subsea developments and has safely operated major onshore and offshore gas fields in Europe since the 1960s.
The overall health, safety and environmental goal for the Corrib development project is that the development and its associated activities will not give rise to accidents, personnel injuries or ill health, or to material losses or damage to the environment.
To achieve this the terminal has been designed in accordance with all relevant standards and codes. Hazard identification activities and Hazard and Operability Studies from integral parts of the engineering effort for the project, and will be conducted to cover design, installation, construction, commissioning, start-up, normal operations, maintenance and decommissioning activities.
All personnel activities will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Safety and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 as amended.