Ensuring health and safety

Safety is always our number one priority. We are committed to protecting people’s health and ensuring people can go home safely.
Material Topic : Occupational Health and Safety

Safety performance in 2017

In 2017, the total number of days worked by contractors and sub-contractors was approximately 2.6 million man days, assuming a nine-hour work day.

Safety is an absolute priority for us. We do everything we can to keep our employees and our contractors safe at all times and to promote a comprehensive safety culture throughout the Group. We were deeply saddened by two fatal incidents which happened in February and July 2017, involving four contractor workers in Hong Kong.

In February 2017, an accident at Castle Peak Power Station saw the passing of a contractor worker. We worked closely with the contractor company to ensure the family of the worker received the appropriate assistance following the incident. In addition to our internal probe, we also continue to provide full support to the investigation undertaken by the Government.

In early July, a severe industrial accident resulted in the death of three contractor workers who were working at an underground cable tunnel in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. We made prompt arrangements to provide support to the families of the deceased workers to relieve their financial needs. We conducted thorough investigations into the incidents and set up an internal panel to look into their causes and to review our safety standards and procedures.

The following charts show the safety performance of all CLP employees and contractors in the Group and individual regions in terms of Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) and Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) in 2017. Our injury rates saw a notable rise in 2017 because of a number of incidents in Australia and Hong Kong. Both regions have since undertaken safety improvement activities to address their injury performance.


 

CLP Group Safety Performance by Region in 2017
 
Employees / Contractors
 
CLP Holdings
Hong Kong
Mainland China
India
Australia
Southeast Asia and Taiwan
Total
Fatalities
0 / 0
0 / 4
0 / 0
0 / 0
0 / 0
N/A
0/4
Fatality Rate
0.00 / 0.00
0.00 / 0.07
0.00 / 0.00
0.00 / 0.00
0.00 / 0.00
N/A
0.00/0.03
Number of Lost Time Injuries
0 / 0
1 / 9
0 / 0
0 / 1
10 / 6
N/A
11/16
Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR)
0.00 / 0.00
0.02 / 0.16
0.00 / 0.00
0.00 / 0.03
0.43 / 0.62
N/A
0.13/0.14
Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR)
0.00 / 0.00
0.08 / 0.29
0.00 / 0.06
0.00 / 0.20
0.60 / 1.85
N/A
0.21/0.36
Number of Days Lost / Days Charged (employees only)
0
47
0
0
205
N/A
252
Number of Occupational Disease (employees only)
0
0
0
0
0
N/A
0

Behaviour-based safety programme

Due to the higher risks posed by project-related activities, the safety performance of projects remains a key focus. In 2017, we observed an increasing trend in both employee and contractor injury rates that were not related to major construction activities. A Group Safety Forum was carried out in 2017 and a series of actions have been implemented across the Group, with an aim to heighten our awareness and controls on high risk activities or tasks that might result in fatalities and serious injuries if not controlled properly.

We launched our first Behavioural-based Safety Observation programme in India at Jhajjar in July 2017, which included workshops and training. Similar safety programmes have been adopted in other regions. Ongoing safety support to various renewable projects continued, including the HSSE-related workshops, reviews, and regular safety visits to those renewable project sites.


Improving safety management

Following each serious safety incident, an Accident Investigation Panel (AIP) which is chaired by senior members of staff not from the business units in which the accident occurred will be formed, to conduct a thorough investigation. AIP reports are also critically reviewed by the Group COO and regional MD to ensure we understand fully the root causes and contributing factors, to ensure the solutions are robust and actionable.

Reviewing our safety performance over the last ten years, and referencing recent analysis and developments in safety performance globally, we noticed that while fatalities have only marginally improved, overall injuries have reduced significantly. However, by reviewing the data all over the world, the study also found that amongst the overall injuries, around one-fifth have potential to become serious injuries or fatalities (SIF). Therefore, our focus in 2017 and 2018 is on reducing the exposure to SIFs by identifying the high-risk situations in which management controls are either absent, ineffective, or not complied with and to address the risks by bringing in corresponding protection.

Through the analysis of SIF, we have identified interventions that are more effective, and have based our plan for improvements in our safety management systems on these findings. A few initiatives that we have implemented to date include:

  • CLP Life Saving Rules, which have been implemented across assets under CLP’s operational control in the first quarter of 2017; and
  •  Reporting and investigation of potential SIF events with tracking of follow-up actions and application of hierarchy of controls. 

Safety and nuclear power

Nuclear can be a reliable, cost-effective and virtually emission-free electricity source. CLP has partnered with CGNPC on the Guangdong Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station (GNPS) since 1994. GNPS continued to operate smoothly in 2017, and there was no Licensing Operatonal Event.

A collective radiation dosage lower than 2016 was registered in 2017 as there was one planned outage in 2017 compared to two in 2016. Radiation dosage quantity is typically associated with the number of planned outages which require inspection and maintenance activities in radiation-controlled areas.

For radiation-related work at GNPS, the 2017, collective radiation dosage of 712 man-mSv translates into an average of less than 0.4 mSv per person per year, compared to the annual radiation dosage received in Hong Kong of 2.4mSv per person per year from the natural environment and about 3mSv per person per year from all sources.

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