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The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) is pleased to announce the commencement of submissions for the annual IADC Safety Award. Two awards will be given: one to a dredging organisation and a second to a supply chain organisation active in the dredging or offshore industry.

The awards are open to contractors, subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services, with categories dedicated to exceptional safety performance in projects, products, vessels, teams, or individual employees. This concerns subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services. Submissions for both categories must be entered by 31 May 2024.

Safety is a paramount concern within the dredging industry. The IADC Safety Award aims to encourage the development of safety skills on the job and reward individuals and companies demonstrating diligence in safety awareness in the performance of their professions.

"As IADC, we realise that suppliers and dredging contractors play an important role in increasing safety by offering innovative solutions with the help of the latest technical developments," says René Kolman, Secretary General of IADC. “The IADC Safety Award seeks to stimulate workplace safety ideas, encourage the development of safety skills, and reward those contributing to a safer working environment. The awards will be presented to individuals or companies who demonstrate exceptional safety performance in their projects, products, vessels, teams, or employee categories.”

Safety is a continuous effort and a core value within the dredging industry. The IADC Safety Award aims to:
• stimulate ideas in the workplace;
• encourage the development of safety skills on the job and safety awareness;
• reward people and companies who make it possible to work safer; and
• reward those who demonstrate special diligence in safety awareness in performing their profession.

Dredging operations inherently carry risks, making safety a top priority within the industry. IADC and its members are dedicated to safeguarding their employees and continually improving safety standards to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

The Lost Time Injury (LTI) index, established over a decade ago, has played a crucial role in tracking accidents and incidents, leading to a steady decline in incidents among dredging contractors. To further safety goals, the IADC Safety Committee was formed in November 2013, providing a platform for sharing safety experiences and best practices. The annual IADC Safety Awards were subsequently established to recognise exceptional safety performance.

The IADC Safety Awards are open to all companies active in dredging and related industries. Companies may submit multiple nominations, each requiring a separate registration form. Submissions must be supported by a detailed document outlining the accomplishments, including safety records, objectives reached, and other relevant information. Click here for further information or go to IADC’s website:

The winners of the IADC Safety Award 2024 will be presented by the IADC Board of Directors at the IADC Annual General Meeting in October 2024.

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