NPA boss Alhassan Tampuli says statistics from the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital shows that 45% of deaths recorded at the center is caused by various degrees of burns resulting from petroleum and gas related explosions.
Speaking at the launch of NPA’s National Petroleum Safety Campaign under the theme: “People Safety First”, Alhassan Tampuli said the statistics further shows a worrying trend where between 35%-40% of all burns cases admitted at the center since 2011, is caused by petroleum products and the number has been on the rise, year on year.
He said this has made it necessary for the NPA to embark on an awareness creation campaign for adherence to safety protocols in the petroleum downstream industry and also to educate the public on their role in preventing fires at all petroleum installations in the country.
According to him, several activities have been embarked on by the Authority which is also aimed at ensuring safety at filling stations and at homes.
“…..breakfast meeting with CEOs of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG marketing companies (LPGMCs) to brief them on the objectives and goals of the safety campaign at this same venue.”
“We have also held safety workshops for Transporters, BRV drivers (petroleum tanker drivers), OMCs and LPGMCs to raise their awareness on the need to operate safely. Additionally, the Authority has held workshops for the media in the Greater Accra, Western, Northern, Ashanti, and Volta Regions” he added.
Mr. Tampuli further called on stakeholders and the general public to rediscover their commitment to safety issues with an uncommon gusto that will assist in bringing about a measure of change and improvement in the handling of petroleum products.
Source: P rimenewsghana