The Netherlands: IADC Safety Award Goes to Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors

IADC Safety Award Goes to Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors

Each year the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) singles out a specific project or programme amongst its members as an example of excellence in safety. This year the IADC Board has announced that the 2011 Safety Award has been presented to Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors bv.

Achieving a safe working environment is a part of every operation and the responsibility of every employee. After making an inventory of the accidents on site over the last few years, Van Oord decided to implement a comprehensive programme to address overall safety. The result was Work Safe.

Work Smart, Work Safe

As CEO Pieter van Oord remarked upon receiving the award from IADC Secretary General, Mr René Kolman and IADC President, Mr Koos van Oord:

“Our company is extremely honoured to be the recipient of the IADC Annual Safety Award. Van Oord prides itself on ingenuity in meeting the challenges inherent to maritime construction and inventiveness to realise innovative and sustainable solutions for worldwide maritime challenges. Our approach to safety issues is the same. This prize was awarded, not for a specific project, but for an overall safety system, a system which has been implemented in our organisation over the last year. We call this campaign Work Safe.

“Work Safe presents employees with a number of questions about safety to ask themselves in order to achieve a safer working environment. For instance, what should one do – and especially not do – within the framework of safety.

“The rules in Work Safe have been created based on their answers and on analysing the most typical types of accidents that occur during dredging projects. From this process, „lessons learnt‟ have been derived. With these lessons learnt from the past, we are able to work even more safely in the present and future.

“In the Work Safe system each individual process, for instance, anchor handling, working in and around excavations, working with gas and oxygen or procedures for lifting operations, is addressed separately and a list of instructions have been written which describes the safety issues related to that particular operation. These safety guidelines apply to dredging and marine works by Van Oord and its subcontractors. The results have been encouraging. From 2010 to the present we have already noted a decrease of on-job incidents.”

IADC stands for “International Association of Dredging Companies” and is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry. As such IADC is dedicated to promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, as well as the contributions of the dredging industry to worldwide prosperity in general. IADC has over one hundred main and associated members. Together they represent the forefront of the dredging industry.


Source: iadc-dredging, September 26, 2011;