Aqaba Container Terminal celebrates safety
Red Sea resort focuses on accident prevention01 October, 14:02
The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in Jordan's Red Sea resort city celebrated Global Safety Day last week, focusing the event on the theme of ownership and intervention as a means to prevent accidents in the workplace.
The day's agenda with the slogan 'If You See It, You Own It', included a medical session on body weight, height, body fat index and health monitoring, alongside awareness sessions revolving around the concept. Safety awareness sessions for truckers, and a session for children on careers offered by terminals such as ACT were part of the day's activities, along with a lengthier children's session including a presentation on safety tips, a short movie about ACT for families and a lecture on healthy meals in schools.
In September, ACT launched the second edition of its Ekfal Taleb 2 campaign, created to empower community members through education by reducing school dropout rates caused by families' economic hardship.
Women were also celebrated, receiving gifts from ACT and free medical check-ups at booths specifically set up for the occasion.
Commenting on the Safety Day celebrations, Aqaba Special Economic Zone (AESZA) Chief Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of Directors at ACT Kamel Mahadin explained that the occasion was one way that ACT reiterates its commitment to adopting to the highest levels of safety for its employees and its stakeholders.
He added that the "commitment is embodied in the company's reinforcement of strict safety regulations and its safety training programs". "We believe that all our team members are a vital asset to our success, and this is why we put their safety at the forefront of our priorities. Through celebrating this day, we remind ourselves, our team, and our community of the importance of adopting safe work practices as a way of life, and we strive to set an example for all other companies to follow suit".
Regional Chief Financial Officer of international container terminal operating company APM for the Asia and Middle East (AME) Philip English thanked the ACT team for the great efforts made in compiling an interactive program for Global Safety Day.
He further expressed hopes that the day presented a prelude for making the adoption of safety standards in the workplace an indispensable practice that corporations across Jordan abide by.
The Global Safety Day celebration was part of a series of events at terminals operating under the umbrella of APM Terminals.
ACT is a joint venture between the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) and APM Terminals under a 25-year build-operate-transfer agreement signed in 2006.
Adding a green touch to the day, the agenda also included a tree-planting session at ACT's administration building.