Partnership Between Crowley & OSHA the First for a Marine Terminal
Crowley’s Bethel Terminal Beats Lost Time Incident Record
(ANCHORAGE, AK) Oct. 29, 2009 – Crowley’s Bethel petroleum terminal employees have reason to celebrate breaking their previous safety record when they reached 570 days without a lost time injury. The team has been working diligently over the past year and a half as the first marine terminal to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Strategic Partnership Program.
Crowley’s petroleum distribution group in Alaska entered into the partnership agreement with OSHA and the United Steel Workers Local 4959 in March of 2008. The partnership program was created more than 10 years ago to encourage, assist, and recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve model workplace safety and health practices.
"We appreciate the cooperative relationship with our partners, United Steel Workers Local 4959 and OSHA to achieve the shared goal of improving the recognition and elimination of hazards at our facilities in order to ensure a safe work place for our employees," said Crowley Vice President Craig Tornga.
Crowley has adopted a relentless pursuit of perfection when it comes to creating and maintaining a world-class safety culture. Since the agreement was formed with Crowley’s Bethel and Nome terminal operations, Crowley has upgraded their safety and health systems; improved hazard recognition by all workers, supervisors and managers, and reduced injuries and illnesses.
“The working relationship between OSHA, our safety advisor, terminal managers and union participants has helped us build a stronger safety culture in Bethel and Nome by eliminating hazards in the workplace, instilling a commitment to safety in our Crowley employees, and ultimately reducing the number of maritime facility worker injuries and illnesses in Western Alaska – which is a win for all three of the partners,” adds Alex Sweeney, Crowley vice president of terminal operations.
Henry Hine, Crowley’s safety advisor adds, “The partnership starts by identifying workplace safety and health issues through an initial evaluation audit and then working together to develop corrective actions through strategies, goals, and performance measures to address the issues over the period of the partnership.”
Glenn Trimmer, with the United Steel Workers Local 4959, adds, “While we usually do not support less oversight, we have worked with Crowley for a number of years and safety issues have not been a problem with them. We’ve built up a level of trust over the years that allowed us to reach a partnership agreement that provides opportunities for more safety training and a safer workplace; this is good for the employees and good for Crowley.”
In September, OSHA Compliance Officer Colleen Darrell made her final partnership evaluations in Bethel and Nome. She says there have been remarkable improvements since her first site evaluations, and both sites have done outstanding in their performance. “We’re looking for partners to be proactive and achieve continuous improvement. And Crowley has certainly stepped up to the plate. They’ve put forth a great deal of commitment and resources to enhance their safety program.”
Because of the partnership, Crowley’s terminals in Bethel and Nome will not be subjected to an OSHA enforcement inspection until March of 2010. The OSHA partnership is anticipated to roll over to Crowley’s Kotzebue and Nenana operations in spring 2010 and continue through 2012.
Crowley may further advance their safety program by applying for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) – a premier recognition program for employers and employees who have implemented exemplary workplace safety and health management systems. According to OSHA, VPP worksites save millions each year because their injury and illness rates are more than 50 percent below the averages for their industries.
Since 1953, Crowley has provided various marine, petroleum distribution, and energy support services in Alaska - from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska and both coastal and inland communities including those along the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. Today, Crowley has offices and operations throughout the state with more than 650 employees. During the past half century, Crowley has consistently provided unique solutions to Alaska's logistics and marine transportation challenges and played an important role in Alaska's business development and in protecting its environment. The company began handling fuel and freight in 1896 as Black Navigation, sailing in Prince William Sound and expanding service to the Yukon and Tanana Rivers in 1916.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com <http://www.crowley.com> .