Sharing experiences with subcontractors

Positive responses to annual NINA follow-up sessions.
Each year the technical department of Boskalis Nederland organizes NINA follow-up meetings in small groups for all regular subcontractors and suppliers.

Each year the technical department of Boskalis Nederland organizes NINA follow-up meetings in small groups for all regular subcontractors and suppliers. Wim Hokken, Head of Technical Department Floating Equipment. “For them, NINA is like a breath of fresh air: being invited to think about how the job can be done more safely. The subcontractors themselves are the ones who ask us to repeat the sessions every year.”

Learning from each other
Each session focuses on the latest safety developments at Boskalis. The participants are asked whether they recognize this scenario, how their workers feel about on-site safety and what improvements they think are feasible. Wim: “We strongly emphasize the fact that we do not see their feedback as a complaint, but as an opportunity to make progress. Now, people are starting to feel more comfortable talking about their experiences and asking questions. They also talk about safety developments in their organization. That’s how we learn from each other. One concrete example was the request for an e-learning program about safety for contracted workers. In the Technical Department we are very pleased with these annual sessions. They are an effective way to get people involved, which is necessary if you want to improve on-the-job safety, because no one does that alone; you have to do it together.”