Ship repairers must boost worker safety

DUBAI — Ship repairers need to do more to boost safety for their workers, a leading ship repairer will warn in a speech to a conference on shipyard safety in November this year.

By Tim Newbold

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Published: Mon 26 Sep 2005, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:55 PM

The Ship Repair and Conversion 2005 conference, which takes place in Dubai from 8 to 9 November, will see a keynote speech from the CEO of Dubai Drydocks, Geoff Taylor. In the speech Taylor will question whether repair yards pay enough attention to the personal safety of workers: "In this day and age I consider it to be a fundamental right of our workers, customers and visitors to expect their safety and security to be management's highest priority."

He will say that two main changes can improve safety in repair yards: addressing potential hazards when a vessel is being designed and built; and ensuring that customer staff comply more closely with safety rules set by their host yard. However, repair yards have become much safer places to work compared with 20 years ago, Taylor will emphasise, after more co-operation from shipping companies.

"Although some customers comply with our safety regulations, some want to play by their own rules and can expose others to danger," he will add." It doesn't set a good example when educated people like superintendents and ship safety officers are seen to disregard our requirements on personal protection equipment."

The conference, being staged outside London for the first time in its 13-year history, will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 7 to 9 November.

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