‘Health, safety of workers must be paramount’
Oil and gas companies in Ghana have been asked to make health and safety of their workers very paramount to preventing persistent injuries to them.
The Chairman of the Association of Oil and Gas Companies (AOMCs), Mr Kofi Nyarko, made the call at a workshop organised by the association in Accra last Wednesday.
The day’s workshop, which brought together owners of oil companies and operators, was aimed at educating the participants on how to observe safety practices at their workplaces.
Mr Nyarko observed that little attention was usually given to health and safety issues at workplaces.
That, he said, had adverse implications, so companies were expected to put measures in place to reduce industrial accidents to the barest minimum.
‘Regrettably, health and safety are sometimes seen as a bit of a joke, yet there are many examples of disasters which demonstrate the dreadful consequences of getting it wrong,’ he said.
Mr Nyarko recounted numerous accidents at oil filling stations in the country that had claimed a lot of lives, while others sustained severe injuries.
He added that there were 15 laws that had been enacted to protect employees at workplaces but such laws were not being adhered to.
The Chief Executive Officer of the AOMCs, Mr Kweku Agyemang-Duah, charged oil company owners to consider safety as a priority.
By Charles Andoh/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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