Safety on site pays off for McDermott

Stringent policy has massively reduced site incidents

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By  Sean Cronin Published  September 10, 2005

The introduction of a zero tolerance policy on safety breaches has resulted in a massive 84% decrease in the number of accidents recorded at the J Ray McDermott fabrication yard in Jebel Ali. The oil and gas industry contracting giant said that between August 2003 and August 2005, it completed over 10.5 million man-hours, fabricating offshore structures for field development projects in Qatar, India, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf of Mexico. The total recordable injury rate decreased by 84% from the end of 2003 to August 2005, to just 0.15 injury occurrences per 200 000 hours worked. It follows the introduction of a zero tolerance policy on site accidents, according to general manager Bob Boyd. “We instill a strong discipline of zero tolerance among our employees; everyone in the team has the power to stop any work he deems to be unsafe,” he said. One of the most challenging projects performed during this time was the fabrication of a 12 785 tonne, 179m, truss Spar hull for Murphy Oil Inc.’s Front Runner project. The fast track project was completed within 14 months and involved provision and management of a safe working environment for a workforce of 1300 within a confined structure. Last month the contractor picked up a massive order to construct five wellhead jackets (including piles and conductors) totaling over 6100 tonnes, five drill decks weighing 405 tonnes, and three scrapper decks averaging 575 tonnes each. The structures will form part of the Marjan, Zuluf, Safaniya oil field facilities in Saudi Arabia, currently under development by Saudi Aramco. Construction work is already underway on the project.

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