RPS surveys safe and sound offshore
16 October 2020 | 2 min read
Working offshore can present a wide range of risks and challenges, but safety is paramount to everything we do at RPS.
While RPS Advisor Sara Owen is used to managing health and safety practices, procedures and compliance from dry land, when an opportunity to head offshore with our marine consultants came up, she jumped at the chance.
Accompanying the team on a 10-day survey expedition off the coast of Western Australia, Sara was able to witness how RPS marine specialists put safety at the centre of their work at sea.
The trip involved high risk activities like crane and winch operations and night survey work, so Sara had a great opportunity to test how the risk management processes she assists the team to develop are implemented.
‘Some of the work that we deliver is very specialised and often delivered in remote locations. This trip gave me an opportunity to see first-hand how offshore environmental surveys are delivered and improve my understanding of the technical aspects and risks involved,’ Sara explains.
‘I strongly believe that getting out on site and learning what our people do is the best way for health and safety professionals to provide meaningful solutions, advice and process improvements. By getting involved you build better relationships and trust, too.
The safety statistics for the trip speak for themselves, with zero injuries or environmental incidents recorded over the ten-day expedition.
‘I was really impressed to see the team making safety the first thing they think about for every activity. RPS consultants were methodical in supervising and guiding everyone on board through each activity safely.
While keeping people safe is always a top priority, the wellbeing of marine species is just as important for RPS’ marine ecology team.
‘We encountered many types of marine fauna along the way including whales, dolphins and sea snakes. You could see how passionate our people are about gathering information while minimising disruption and ultimately protecting marine species.
‘Many people think that working in health and safety is a bit of a mundane job, but this trip proves otherwise! Not many people get the opportunity to work with people who are the absolute best in the business and get to witness the magic of humpback whales cruising within metres of the boat.’
Founded in 1970, RPS, A Tetra Tech Company (RPS) is a leading global professional services firm of 5,000 consultants and service providers. Operating in 125 countries, working across six continents we define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.
RPS delivers a broad range of services in six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, defence and government services and resources. Services provided across RPS' six sectors cover twelve service clusters: project and program management, design and development, water services, environment, advisory and management consulting, exploration and development, planning and approvals, health, safety and risk, oceans and coastal, laboratories, training and communications, creative and digital services.
RPS stands out for its clients by using its deep expertise to solve problems that matter, making them easy to understand. Making complex easy.
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