Caverton Helicopters, a leading provider of premium aviation services to the oil and gas sector, has instituted a set of annual awards as a way to further encourage its staff to always put safety at the centre of all their activities in the company.
Ten staff members were recognised at the inaugural edition of the safety awards which took place last week as part of the third Annual General Meeting of the Caverton Offshore Support Group, the holding company for Caverton Helicopters and Caverton Marine Limited.
“The three cardinal principles of our operations are Safety, Safety, and Safety. We have a strong safety culture already. But we can’t take this for granted.
We have to keep instilling it in our staff that this is a non-negotiable value for us,” Aderemi Makanjuola, chairman of the Caverton Group, said at the occasion.
Apart from providing premium aviation services to the oil and gas sector, Caverton Helicopters also undertakes security surveillance, medical evacuation, VIP charter, and fleet management and maintenance services.
The company was incorporated in 2002, but commenced operations in 2004 with an intra city shuttle service in Lagos.From that humble beginning, Caverton Helicopters has grown steadily to become one of the industry leaders in the oil-and-gas aviation sub-sector on account of its track record, investments in human resources and infrastructure, and commitment to safety and standards.
For upward of five years, the company submitted itself to rigorous audits from the major oil companies in Nigeria. In 2009 it passed the Shell Audit, which is regarded as the industry standard.
The company got its big break in 2010 when, in partnership with Dancopter of Denmark, it was awarded a five-year contract by Shell for the provision, operation and maintenance of six AW139 helicopters.
Meanwhile, the Chairman’s Annual Safety Award for 2011 was given to Tade Osunfisan, a pilot, for bravery, sound judgment and professional conduct during an emergency.
The Health, Safety and Environment Leadership Award was given to Yinka Jinadu, the Grounds Operation Supervisor at the Ikeja facility of the company, for exemplifying all-round respect for safety in the organisation.
Further commendations went to seven other members of staff for outstanding conducts during evacuation operations and for always ensuring that important safety measures are always adhered to.
“Safety is at the core of our business, it matters to our clients, and it even matters more to us. It is the centre piece of our operations,” Bashir Bakare, a director of the company said.