DAMEN Magazine #5

Ricardo Daniels. Safety Officer

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Ricardo Daniels looks after DSCT’s Health and Safety requirements, especially Safety. In his spare time Ricardo is a fervent cyclist and actively involved as the pastor of the local Pentecostal church. This is a family affair, with sons Houston and Dillon playing in the church band. Ricardo began working at the yard 18 years ago, as a driver with Farocean Marine. Four years ago the opportunity to become Safety Officer arose and he seized it.

“My role involves overseeing safety inductions and risk assessments,” says Ricardo, who is assisted by a team of eight safety representatives. Together with the shipyard’s foremen they ensure that there is always someone on the shop floor to monitor health and safety.

Each month a Safety Board meeting is held, attended by four safety representatives, Managing Director Frank Rebel, Internal & External Finishing Manager Paul Horsford, Services Business Development Manager Gary Atkins, Project Manager Craig Trethewey, Technical Manager Han de Voogt, HR Manager Heather Dukas and of course myself.

During Ricardo’s tenure improvements have been made to safety processes, bringing the yard into closer alignment with headquarters in the Netherlands. This is something Ricardo is immensely proud of and which he wants to showcase to clients. “I take safety very seriously; it is a critical element that improves production,” he says. “When I started, we were 70 percent compliant with health and safety regulations. Nowadays we are 98 percent compliant. We have been doing our utmost to get this right, but there is still much to be done.” Ricardo has a clear view of what this next step will entail: “We need to change the mentality towards the working environment. It’s about getting people to take responsibility and ownership. You have to ‘own’ the place you work.”

Ricardo, it seems, is determined to be there for the duration and oversee this task.

I liked it at Farocean Marine and I still like it at Damen Shipyards Cape Town. I’m lovin’ it!

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