Ikeja Electric unveils mobile app to promote safety practices
Electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric Plc has developed a new mobile application called i-Safe that will help protect customers and employees against electrical hazards.
The app, which was developed in Nigeria by the firm, is designed to guarantee customer and employee safety with real-time report on identified safety hazard within the network, a statement indicated.
The mobile app provides employees of Ikeja Electric the platform to take photographs of clear images of any identified hazard, such as falling poles, sagged wires, exposed underground cables, among others, and flag such hazards in order to prevent the occurrence of any accident that may emerge from the identified risk.
According to the Head, Corporate communications, Ikeja Electric, Felix Ofulue, the idea of developing an app like i-Safe is to consistently elevate the company’s safety standards through several initiatives in order to reduce hazards and fatalities.
Ofulue said, “Our safety efforts are driven by the value we place on our customers and employee’s safety which informed the need to introduce an initiative that will showcase our commitment, with a mentality of making safety, a top priority for everyone in order to sustain our zero harm to both employees and customers.”
With the app, he said identified risks are captured and submitted to the appropriate department, which remain trackable until they are rectified and closed out.
The company’s 2018 Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) campaign tagged ‘Target Zero’ encompasses series of periodic initiatives including internal HSE training, safety hurdles at the Undertaking Units, contractors’ safety engagement, public safety sensitisation programme on electrical infrastructure and field compliance monitoring, among other activities.
Ofulue stressed, “Safety in a high-risk sector such as the electricity industry cannot be over-emphasised because if the safety standards are compromised, the resultant effect could be disastrous leading to damage to property and even loss of human lives; so, it is imperative for us to continue introduce programmes that will ensure safety of lives and property.”
To download and install the app, customers are advised to visit the Google Play store. At the moment, it is only available to Android users but plans are in top gear to extend the service to iOS users in a very short while, the company said.
Over the years, Ikeja Electric said it had been at the forefront of innovative ideas geared towards protecting the health and safety concerns of customers and employees alike; an achievement, which it noted, had seen it won several awards for Outstanding Commitment to Health, Safety & Environment at the 9jaSafe Hall of Fame Award in 2016, Health & Safety recognition Award by the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE), among others.