ASMI 18TH CONVENTION FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH INNOVATIONS IN MARINE INDUSTRY
ASMI, supported by the WSH Council, organised its 18th Convention for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Innovations in Marine Industry was held on 16 September 2015 at The Chevrons. Eight finalist teams presented their WSH Innovations to an audience of 200 participants. They were selected from a field of 16 teams in a preliminary round held on 6 August 2015.
The Convention began with a speech by Prof Chan Eng Soon, Chairman of WSH Council (Marine Industries) Committee. Prof Chan said that “This annual convention has been successful in raising safety awareness among marine workers and providing a platform for industry members to showcase their innovation and best practices. Not only has this helped to enhance WSH standards and practices, it has also increased productivity.”
Prof Chan commended the teams for their openness and willingness to share their WSH innovations with others. He said that “WSH performance of the industry can be further improved if we adopt the mindset that we can prevent all injuries and be healthy at work or Vision Zero.” He urged everyone to support this vision, to spread the message and work together to make this a reality at their respective workplaces.
The projects ranged from T-Box, a safe and easy manoeuvring of T-bar with application of a customised clamp; El-Aqua, a fatigue-free bottom hydro-blaster to eliminate the use of forklift and other hazards during surface preparation and coating operations; Auto Pad, a device to eliminate manual handling and lifting operations during arrangement of stiffeners after cutting; and Secure Station, a workstation to minimise hazards and reduce hot-work during fitting up of T-Bar.
The innovations presented also included Boom Dismantle/Assembly System to eliminate the use of fork-lift and other hazards during boom dismantling and assembly operations; Mighty Hammer Arrestor to eliminate the risk of hammer heads flying off during hammering; Vertical Pipe Stackers to reduce hazard and minimise injuries during material handling and lifting operation of pipes; and Roller Pad to eliminate potential hazards during the combining of pre-fabricated blocks.
The teams were evaluated by a panel of three judges. They were Mr Winston Yew, Deputy Director, WSH Council’s Industry Capability Building Department, Mr Thomas Teo, Assistant Director (Operations), General Workplaces from Ministry of Manpower’s OSH Inspectorate Department, and Prof Ang Hock Eng, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. The judges in the preliminary round were Prof Ang, Mr Subrata Chanda, Director, Centre of Innovation for Marine and Offshore Technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Mr Lim Choon Ming, Lecturer at the Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic.
Three Gold, three Silver and two Bronze awards were presented at the Convention. Dynamic Seahorse from Sembcorp Marine Repairs & Upgrades (Admiralty Yard), Team P&M from Keppel Singmarine and Seapro Safety Innovation from Sembcorp Marine Specialised Shipbuilding (Tuas Road Yard) clinched the Gold Awards. Highlander from Sembcorp Marine (Tanjong Kling Yard), Team Hull from Keppel Singmarine and JOM Safety Samurai from Sembcorp Marine (Tanjong Kling Yard) took home the Silver Awards. Team BMT from Keppel Shipyard and Stackers from Sembcorp Marine Repairs & Upgrades (Admiralty Yard) received the Bronze Awards.