Megamas records 25 years without serious injuries

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BELAIT

OVER 200,000 people have been trained at Megamas over the past 25 years with no serious injuries, a record that the training provider said is unequalled by any other in Southeast Asia.

The local Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) training provider achieved the milestone on March 14, and celebrated the achievement yesterday at their head office in Belait with the Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, professionals in the oil and gas industry and staff.

“Although only a training provider, we are engaged in many hazardous operations, including the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), fire fighting, defensive driving and scaffolding,” said Mohd Roger Ainsworth, the general manager of Megamas.

He said that with no reported lost time injury (LTI) cases from 1990 to 2005, the company has proved its ability to keep safety at the forefront of its operations on a consistent basis.

“The low LTI rate in our environment does provides some comfort that as an organisation, we are keeping an eye firmly on the safety ball and that we are always working hard in pursuing in the right kind of excellence,” he said.

LTI ranks second on the incident safety triangle, with only fatalities in the workplace considered more severe. Lost time injury means that an employee has to take time off because of an injury recorded on the job.

The Minister of Communications said that Megamas’s 25 year milestone was particularly significant given the overall increase in workplace accidents in Brunei from 145 in 2010 to 167 in 2013.

“These numbers (from the Brunei Darussalam National Occupational Safety and Health Profile) were very low compared to what happened in reality,” said the minister.

“This is evident as the book reported that there was a high probability of under reporting as the figures were only based on the employers claiming compensation on behalf of their staff.”

Meanwhile, Ainsworth said that Megamas was interested in offering internationally recognised environmental courses to capitalise on the increasing market demand.

“Environmental courses are a great opportunity to offer more courses. However, we would need to bring in additional people who have specific qualifications in this training area,” he said.

Ainsworth also said that Megamas is sending its local instructors overseas to conduct training, but plans to set up branches or subsidiaries in regional countries have yet to take off. A Singapore branch opened in 2013 has already been shut down.

“We are very proud with our local instructors exporting our training courses for delivery overseas; in Singapore, Batam, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam,” he said.

“As for establishing bases overseas, we are still working on it, we are very keen. It just has taken longer than we estimated it to be.”

The main challenge, said Ainsworth, is the process of due diligence, where companies research and analyse potential investment before an agreement is reached.

“To really evaluate the cost of shares, when considering the option of investing in being a shareholder, you need to conduct due diligence, which is costly and timely, but necessary to find out if what you are paying for is really worth it,” he said.

Megamas trained over 15,000 people in 2014. The company currently employs 90 people, 85 per cent of these locals.

The Brunei Times