Fletcher actively encourages its crews to involve themselves in all safety aspects of our operation by fostering an ‘open door’ culture where all crew members are able to freely discuss any ideas to improve safety on-board, and raise safety awareness.
Self-management enables the crews to carry out Risk Assessments, suggest improvements, order PPE as necessary, hold regular scheduled safety drills and hold monthly on-board Safety Meetings – all without the need to refer back to the Head Office except to put forward their proposals.
This is reflected in a Safe Working Environment with a focus on continuous improvement where safety is concerned.
One way that Fletcher is unique is that we ensure our senior deck officers are ship-handlers. We have a Ship Handling programme that we put together with the assistance of a non-DP PSV Master. This programme guarantees a deck officer a number of hours (in varying conditions) of handling the vessel, and is not restricted to just harbour work. The deck officer works their way through the programme from the Red level up until the Master on-board considers they have reached our Green standard and be competent. At this point, we bring in another experienced Master to assess the deck officer. This removes any bias from the Master who has been training the deck officer.
Our safety management system is fully compliant with the requirements of the International Safety Management standards and covers Health, Safety and Environmental issues. The ISM standards are a marine safety based quality system, and our systems are audited annually by the UK MCA to ensure continued compliance, along with any client and our own regular internal audits.
We are very proud to have achieved the Gold Safety Award in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards in both 2014 and 2015, which is a testament to the quality of our crews and the value that they, and we, place on safety in the work place.
The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 when introduced, gave Fletcher little concern as we met all but one or two minor areas of the Convention with the terms and conditions of employment/workplace environment for our crews, those minor areas were quickly adjusted to fit.