Wilson Sons has recorded, this month, eight years without lost-time injuries in its Shipping Agency business unit. There were 3,252,652 man-hours worked in dozens of operations along the Brazilian coast. The new record reinforces the Company’s commitment to the well-being of employees, partners, customers, and communities, especially due to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
During this period, projects were carried out with the main oil companies, shipowners, exporters, and importers from Brazil and more than 76 countries. “It is an expressive result that demonstrates efficiency in risk management, protecting people’s health and integrity. Wilson Sons makes major investments in security, and the advances are significant. Now we celebrate this new milestone of the Shipping Agency,” explains Christian Lachmann, executive director of the Wilson Sons business division.
In the last 10 years, Wilson Sons has reduced the lost-time injury frequency rate by more than 90%, from the implementation of the Program WS+, with DuPont consulting. The initiative aims to develop the safety-focused culture, based on the acknowledgment of the responsibilities of each employee, discipline in compliance with the rules, engagement of leaders, administration of deviations and governance of performance in the sector.
Among the actions adopted by the Shipping Agency are the monthly SMS Meetings (Health, Environment and Safety meetings), safety dialogues, tools for correction of deviations, acknowledgement of employees and monthly meetings of the SMS Committee, in which the leaders discuss the teams performance.
Several trainings were also promoted, such as defensive driving, salvage and huet (helicopter underwater escape training), as well as risk factor courses and accident analysis and investigation, ministered by DuPont. “Occupational health, environment and safety, besides being non-negotiable, are strategic for the company. They represent the well-being of the entire team, the efficiency of operations, credibility and trust in relationships,” says Rodolpho Abrantes, coordinator of the Shipping Agency SMS area.
The Shipping agency was Wilson Sons’ first business over 180 years ago. Today it has come to be the largest and most experienced shipping agency in Brazil, present in the main Brazilian ports, with its own 18 branches. In 2020, it served more than 4,000 calls in various segments such as minerals, coal, steel, sugar, grains, fertilizers, chemicals, liquids, and the offshore segment.
“We are proud to be part of the construction of this story. We continue to seek operational excellence with focus on the integrity of our employees,” highlights Flavia Carvalho, general manager of Operations of the Wilson Sons’ Shipping Agency.
Source: Wilson Sons