APM Terminals Los Angeles wins PMA safety awards

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles won two awards at the 66th Annual Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Area Accident Prevention Committee Safety Awards banquet at the Port of Long Beach on March 5th. The first award was the PMA Coast Accident Prevention Awards ceremony in the category of Terminal Operations, Group A, for the best Safety Performance achieved in 2014 in all operations at US West Coast ports.

This is the sixth year out of the last eight that APM Terminals’ Los Angeles facility has received this award. APM Terminals Pier 400 also won the Southern California Area Container Terminal Safety Award for Group A.

The PMA Safety Awards are based on reported injury rates per man-hours worked, and are categorized by geographic area and by size. Awards are presented for the Southern California ports, and also for the Washington and Oregon ports.  Container Terminal “Category A” are those facilities representing more than one million man hours worked per year. Local area awards are presented in each of the terminal categories based on injury rates, and the Coast awards are given in each terminal category for the best safety performance on the entire West Coast. The Lost-Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) rate at Pier 400 was 2.54 per million man-hours worked for the year in 2014.

“We are very proud of the dedication and team effort which has brought the West Coast Safety award back to APM Terminals Pier 400” said APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, Managing Director, Steven Trombley.

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles is the largest proprietary container terminal in the US, and handled 2.19 million TEUs in 2014, with the facility ranking 2nd in the Americas in the JOC Group’s productivity study, with 96 Crane Moves per Hour with a vessel alongside. On an average day at the 484 acre terminal there are approximately 2,000 longshore workers and others on site, including over 5,000 trucks per day.

The PMA negotiates and administers maritime labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). PMA membership is composed of shipping lines and stevedoring companies that operate in California, Oregon and Washington. To qualify for an award, a member company must actively participate in the PMA Safety program and report all OSHA-recordable occupational injuries and illnesses and all applicable man-hours during the preceding year. According to PMA Safety data, there were a total of 108 Lost-Time Injury Incidents (LTI) at US West Coast seaports in 2014. This figure represents a reduction in LTI of nearly 50% percent from a 2002 high of 202 incidents. There were no fatalities at US West Coast ports in 2014.

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