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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012


Safety is a license to operate for Boskalis and as one of our core values is given top priority in an environment and amid activities with a relatively high risk profile. Since its introduction, our central safety target No Injuries No Accidents (NINA) has been a unifying factor in creating a clear change in culture and resulting in safety becoming one of our intrinsic values.

Clients increasingly see our NINA safety program as best practice, with our project partners also expected to participate in our interactive training courses.

NINA holds people personally responsible for their own safety and creates an environment in which safety can be discussed openly. The NINA standards and values make it clear what we stand for, which in turn fosters pride. This means that NINA is not just about procedures, it promotes ownership and creates a safety-driven mindset. Five short and clearly worded values with five supporting rules provide the framework and help prevent incidents as much as possible.

Since the launch of NINA in 2010, Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) has fallen significantly. The number of incidents per 200,000 hours worked resulting in absence from work has dropped considerably from 0.67 in 2010 to 0.08 in 2015 (2014: 0.09). This decline was achieved despite our company’s strong growth. A detailed summary is included in the appendix.

In order to further improve our safety performance, we will tighten up our management in the coming years and focus on the Medical Treatment Cases and Restricted Work Cases as well. By aiming for a reduction in all three categories (known as Total Recordable Injury Rate) we expect to achieve a further decline in the number of incidents resulting in injury.

Management and employees are involved in our organization’s safety thinking in all kinds of different ways. The Works Council has a Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Environment committee with NINA as a fixed agenda item. Our interactive NINA training courses and workshops give employees the chance to provide feedback on the program and share their experiences. We use a wide range of Lessons Learned sessions, training courses and communication channels to keep attention focused on improving safety. Our projects always kick off with a NINA start-up meeting. Where necessary attention is also focused on the project environment and how we can guarantee the safety of local residents. These meetings are attended not only by our own employees but in many cases also by the client’s representatives and subcontractors. In addition, we have developed ‘workboxes’ that take a closer look at the occurrence of specific accidents or incidents. The Hands workbox, launched in 2015, is aimed at avoiding injuries to hands and involves practical workshops for employees on projects and ships.

Developments in 2015

The introduction of NINA at the Offshore Energy division in 2014, following an extensive culture survey and program, was followed by the launch of an intensive training program in 2015. A training program was also rolled out at Salvage and for former MNO Vervat employees at Boskalis Nederland, thus achieving the objective of introducing NINA across the organization in 2015.

In 2015 we developed a method for the in-depth investigation of incidents. Analyzing the causes will help prevent repetition. We have analyzed the top five most common incidents in 2015. The results are in line with our industry, with tripping, falling and slipping remaining top of the list. The number of entrapments incidents is also relatively high, particularly with regard to hands and fingers. Here, again, we have seen a decline in both the frequency of incidents and their impact after the introduction of NINA – in other words there are fewer serious accidents resulting in injury, serious or otherwise.

The number of incidents reported using Safety Hazard Observation Cards (SHOCs) increased in the last years. The number of SHOC reports in 2015 was 5,642, in addition to which 864 near misses were reported. We view SHOC and near misses reports as a benchmark for the proactive safety culture within the organization. NINA encourages reporting of such situations, allowing us to make proactive adjustments. The pyramid chart shows the number of incidents reported, starting with the SHOCs and ending with Lost Time Injuries (LTIs).

Safety awards

In 2105, Boskalis received a range of safety awards, including: 

  • Certificate of Achievement from Hyundai for five million hours worked without accidents on the New Port project in Qatar. 

  • Quality Award Gold from Hyundai for the second quarter on the New Port project in Qatar. ‚ Assessment Certificate with a safety score of 9.0 awarded by First Point Assessment. 

  • Best Subcontractor Award given by the National Petroleum Construction Company on the HSE & Business Excellence Annual Event 2015.


In 2015, we conducted 23 external and 23 corporate SHE-Q audits of projects and office organizations and 29 external and 65 internal ISM vessel audits, with NINA being a constant feature. In addition, clients also performed office and project audits at the business units.

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