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Safety at Coregas Port Kembla plant - no lost time injuries in 10 years

In November 2014 our Coregas operation at Port Kembla, New South Wales, celebrated 10 years without a lost time injury. Employees and contractors have worked for about 500,000 hours since Coregas assumed operating and maintenance responsibility for the plant in November 2004.

This has been achieved through a very comprehensive safety management system and employees and contractors living the system, aiming to go home after work in the same or better condition than when they came to work.

Key elements of the system include:

  • The adoption of a sound Safe System of Work, incorporating Job Safety and Environmental Analysis (JSEA), with employees undertaking particular tasks involved in the development of safe working practices;
  • Adoption of appropriate supporting tools such as (but not limited to) Hot Work permits, Working at Height, Confined Space, Excavation Permits and Electrical Safety;
  • A culture of 'Take 2', where a job is stopped if an element of the job changes. The JSEA is revisited to ensure all risks are identified and controlled;
  • Adoption of the hierarchy of controls for risk mitigation (eliminate, substitute, isolate, engineering controls, administrative controls, correct use of PPE); and
  • The use of numerous tools to identify risks and use of the hierarchy of controls to mitigate or control the risk.

Chris Day from Coregas Tonnage and Engineering provides us his insight into the safety culture at Port Kembla: “My own personal belief is that the safety culture does not lie in the procedures and systems one develops, it lies with the individuals who work on the site who know and live the system. Without the latter a paper-based safety system will not deliver the results of zero harm.”