The APM Terminal’s managers, employees and the acting leadership of the National Port Authority (NPA) yesterday celebrated Global Safety Day (GSD) in Monrovia with a call for all to prioritize safety rules at their respective work places.
The ceremony held at the APM Terminal head offices at the Free Port of Monrovia was the ninth hosted by the company in the country under the theme, “Work Safe, Home Safe.”
APM Managing Director, George Adjei, in his remarks, urged Liberians and partners to always consider safety as a critical factor in the workplace and other areas of life.
He called on Liberians and global partners to create greater awareness of the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
This year’s celebration focuses on the vital component of transportation owing to the fact that it is the foremost risk sector of the APM Terminal’s operations.
Director Adjei disclosed that during the year, 106 individuals perished at APM Terminal’s facilities globally, but clarified that not all of those killed were members of his entity.
“Majority of the victims,” he said were truck drivers who rendered vital services to the entity globally.
He however assured that quality safety measures have been prioritized for the safety and protection of the workforce worldwide.
Mr. Adjei also intimated that for the past several years, APM Terminal Liberia has made substantial improvements in infrastructure and procurement of vital equipment.
Besides, APM Terminal Liberia has also instituted measures to ensure third party professional training of the workforce to adhere to international standards and working procedures, he added.
For the past four years, APM Terminal has invested in health and safety, but he added that the entity still has a long way to go to ensure safety and protection of workers.
He appealed to all stakeholders for support and cooperation in the areas of team work, hard work, commitment and dedication, adding that safety and protection are the first license to operate in the country.
Acting NPA Managing Director, David Williams, said the annual GSD marks the celebration of progress, leadership and the culture of safety in APM Terminals globally.
He acknowledged the importance of raising awareness of safety in work places not only with APM Terminals’ staff, but with partners and stakeholders.
“Our ambition is to become the safest working environment as Liberia Terminal operator, and we are confident that with support of all our partners, we will be able to achieve our goal,” Director Williams declared.
In her remarks, the Human Resource Manager, Mrs. Alimata K. Johnson, said APM Terminal is passionate about safety which is a great pride factor for the entity.