By Obas Esiedesa
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has created an Inspectorate Division with a charge to its field operators that the company will no longer tolerate any form of fatality both to the workers and members of the public.
The company in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate Communication, Mr. Oyebode Fadipe quoted the Managing Director/CEO Engr. Ernest Mupwaya as saying that the utility prefers that the work is not done than for what is done to be the source of accident or death to any one whether staff or members of the public.
Mupwaya spoke at a ceremony in Abuja to handover the division and vehicles to the Director of Risk & Compliance, Mr. Collins Chabuka whose
Mupwaya added that any staff who does any act adjudged to be capable of causing any electrical accident or electrocution will be treated the same way as the staff found guilty of the actual act.
He said the sanction that will be imposed on such employees may include the loss of employment.
He said the company has carefully structured its operation to ensure that in pursuit of service delivery and profitability, it does not do any act that can damage the business environment some of which he listed to include damage within the workers, damage to the community at large and such other damage that can create negative environmental impact.
“It is not by accident that the issue of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) is a board level matter”, he stated, adding that such recognition demonstrates in very clear terms the importance attached to HSE by AEDC.
He explained that AEDC has gone through various levels of changes in trying to improve its HSE profile including staff training across board on how to operate the system, which have resulted in some successes but regretted that there are still certain areas where the Company has not done so well “hence we are still seeing some accidents happening in our network which are purely avoidable”.
Every transformation programme, according to him, are such that the initial path starts with the identification of what needs to change, work out the processes of change, train the staff and ensure that every one has acquired the required knowledge for change. “Once everyone has acquired the knowledge, the next stage of the transformation”, he said, “is the enforcement stage”.
Engr. Mupwaya in declaring that AEDC has reached the enforcement stage listed the mandate of the inspectorate division, which is made up of nine members of staff drawn from the technical and safety departments to include: “Work to promote the adoption and enforcement of work practices and rules for effectively managing the HSC hazards and risk.
“Stop any work activity as a result of breach or likelihood of breach of -best practice safety standards, failure to conduct tool box talk, failure to follow the laid down outage management protocols and practices; Stop any unauthorised work in AEDC network; Sanction any staff that is in willful breach of any safety standards regardless of the level/position of the staff”, amongst others.