By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Personnel assigned to Public Works Department (PWD) Naples hosted a safety forum at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Capodichino, June 5, 2014.
All local Italian contractors with active Navy construction, repair or service contracts were invited to attend the forum to discuss their internal safety management practices and share lessons learned from their ongoing or completed projects in an effort to collectively reinvigorate the contractor community's focus on job site safety.
"Safety and health come first on our job sites. We want to ensure everyone goes home at the end of the day in the same condition as when they arrived that morning," said Cmdr. Scott King, PWD Naples public works officer. "NSA Naples has an outstanding safety record, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our contractors. Building on that success is a top priority."
Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Justin Beckett, PWD Naples safety officer, led the forum and discussed topics such as the safety hierarchy, tools for safety enforcement, written contract documents and clauses, accident prevention plans and more.
Some of the written contract documents and clauses state that each employee is responsible for complying with all safety requirements, wearing safety equipment, reporting unsafe conditions/activities, preventing avoidable accidents and working in a safe manner.
No person shall be required or instructed to work in surroundings or under conditions that are unsafe or dangerous to his or her health. Contractors shall create and maintain a safety and health bulletin board, within one day, in clear view of workers.
"Safety in the workplace ensures we maintain good work performance and good quality," said Beckett. "The key takeaway of this forum is to be able to challenge their workforce on the job sites and make sure they go home safely."
During the group discussion portion, many of the contractors discussed the importance of communication to their workforce, regular training for required personal protective equipment, weekly safety meetings and filing mishaps.
King stated that local Italian contractors working for NAVFAC aboard NSA Naples have reached a milestone of 686 days without a mishap or incident.
As a token of recognition for superior safety performance during recently completed contracts, King presented Safety Through Awards and Recognition (STAR) Program Award to representatives of JV SKE/Vittadello, Cooperativa Muratori E Cementisti (C.M.C.), La Termica SRL, LOTOS SRL (not in attendance) and COSAP.
Other forum attendees were MATI-SUD, CCC and NBOS.
"Our Safety Program needs to be collaborative in order to be successful," said King. "Lessons are being learned every day on our work sites. The more we share across the contractor community, the greater chance we'll have at maintaining a strong culture of safety and minimizing risk to our workforce."