“SITUATIONS ARE DIFFICULT TO ASSESS”

Gijs Heida (25), dredging operations
“The NINA values sound very logical but it’s good to pay attention to them. For larger jobs there are procedures, but not for smaller ones that seem simpler. So then it is important to discuss it together, see the risks and take your responsibility. I find it easier to address subcontractors about their behaviour than a colleague with lots of experience. Although I do notice that people appreciate it if you raise something, as a trainee I am a little cautious.”

“You need to be experienced to properly assess a situation. Is it safe or not? For example, we were going to hoist a plough with a pin that did not fit well. Is the load going to fall or not? I’m not really a good judge of that. All you can do is ask an open question.”