Health and safety

Our health and safety performance continues to deliver dramatic improvement across all of our world-wide operations when measured against a range of recognised international performance indicators

2010 Group health, safety and the environment
The level of LTI performance, the primary international benchmark to measure our safety performance, has reduced this year by a dramatic 46% on 2009 figures, the third consecutive yearly fall. The Group achieved an LTI frequency rate of 0.032 per 100,000 hours worked which again exceeded our internal target and is truly world class within our industry sector. We continue to steer the business on its journey to the ultimate goal of zero injuries/accidents and no harm to the environment.

Five-year accident statistics – Group combined

In 2010 we refreshed our Health and Safety quality management system introducing further procedures and guidelines in order to continue to improve our health, safety and environmental performance. These enhancements ensure our multinational, multicultural, multilingual workforce now has an even better understanding of our expectations and performance aspirations.

Continued expansion of our health, safety and quality external accreditation
To provide a level of assurance to our board and clients, Cape actively seeks external verification of our health, safety, environmental and technical performance by utilising external accreditors certified by the UKAS accreditation authority. In 2010 we increased the coverage of this certification and consolidated our systems across our whole international footprint. To this end all of our operations in Australia are now under the Cape accreditation umbrella increasing the total number of certificates of conformity for ISO 9001 (quality systems), 14001 (environmental) and OSHAS 18001 (health and safety) to 25.

Asbestos management and operating licences
Cape continues to offer our clients asbestos removal services. In order to provide these services asbestos licences from legislative enforcement bodies are mandatory.

Asbestos licences are only granted if systems, people and technical resources meet the highest standards. In 2010, Cape continued to develop new procedures and invest in the most modern equipment and techniques to exceed legislative compliance and deliver exceptional, safe and efficient operations to our clients. Cape’s performance was monitored and evaluated by independent experts in the field. In all cases existing licences throughout the Group were either renewed or new licences awarded – including four new licences in Australia.

Health and Safety awards 2010

Date   Region   Award   Site   Client
May 2010
  United Kingdom   Contractor of the Year with exceptional efforts in improving HSE performance
  Total Preston   Total UK
Jun 2010
RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health & Safety 2010 N/A RoSPA
Nov 2010
Iberdrola Award for Global Contractor of the Year for SHEQ Excellence Longannet Power Station Scottish Power
Nov 2010
Silver Tiger Award for Commendable Service Delivery and SHEQ Performance
Fawley Refinery ExxonMobil
Jan 2010   Gulf/Middle East
  Contribution towards 10 million man hours worked without an LTI
  ADGAS Liquefaction Plant, UAE   ADGAS
Apr 2010
HSE Contractor of the Year
Apr 2010
  Far East/
Pacific Rim
  Contractor of the Month HSE award
  Pluto Project, Karratha, Australia   Foster Wheeler Worley
Dec 2010
Project Executive award for SHES Commitments SPT Project Singapore ExxonMobil
Dec 2010
Safe Delivery of Campaign
Campaign Project, Brunei SKSWood
Nov 2010
  CIS, Med and
North Africa
  Contractor of the Year
  Sakhalin-1   Exxon Neftegas

Health, safety, environmental and welfare key performance indicators
In order to manage our overall health, safety, environmental and welfare performance Cape has a range of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs monitor our performance against a basket of reactive and proactive measures and are made available to all levels of management and form part of the regular Board report. Throughout the year the business met all the set criteria to ensure appropriate levels of control were in place.

Route map towards zero injuries/accidents and no harm to the environment
Each of our operations around the world is expected to achieve the highest performance standards.

Throughout 2010 we continued to invest and have increased the number of training and competency assessments undertaken by our people and our clients. During the next 12 months we will continue to develop best practice initiatives including behavioural safety training, supervisor training and competence programmes as well as increasing the skills of the workforce in trade activities.

Ensuring that our people are fully trained and competent to undertake their duties is fundamental to our excellent health and safety performance. To this end Cape prides itself on the investment we make in this area.

Health and Safety awards
Cape is pleased that throughout 2010 our clients have continued to recognise our outstanding health, safety and environmental performance which is internationally recognised as being of the highest standard. This recognition has been officially endorsed by a number of awards, prizes and certifications. It is especially rewarding that every one of our operations throughout the world has examples of such accolades, detailed above.

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