Kellogg Brown & Root, the general contractor for BP Amoco''s Prairie Rose Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO) project in Alberta, Canada has completed one year of work on the project without an injury requiring time away from work.
The project has more than 650 employees with an expectation to peak between 850 to 1,000 this summer.
On April 19, 2000, the project reached the milestone and also clocked more than 415,000 hours since the last injury requiring medical attention.
"The entire team is committed to following safety procedures and programs that keep themselves and their co-workers from suffering an injury. If the employees did not possess the proper attitude and high morale, working injury-free would not be possible," said Mike Hutton, construction manager for Kellogg Brown & Root.
The project has several safety committees that are represented by all of the trades and subcontractor personnel, as well as weekly steward and business meetings.
These committees and meetings provide an avenue for employees to voice their safety concerns, offer suggestions for improvement and participate in the safety decision-making process.
"Setting a goal of being injury and incident free helps the entire project to make safety an indispensable part of executing each and every task," said Hutton. "To set a goal that is any greater than zero would mean KBR accepts someone getting hurt on the job, and that is not acceptable. The success of this project will be directly linked to reaching our goal of being injury and incident free.
by Virginia Sutcliffe