CHEC sets an example in occupational health and safety management

China Harbour and Engineering in a joint venture with the Namibia Road Contractors Company and Baby Face Civils [CRB JV] at the end of July this year celebrated two million hours worked without any lost time injuries. The joint venture is constructing a national oil storage facility at Walvis Bay and the project is expected to conclude by mid-2018.
The joint venture partners held a quayside ceremony on Friday at the project to celebrate this achievement.
In a statement issued during the ceremony, the joint venture partners said there are a lot of challenges in safety management.
Apart from 800 hundred employees working on-site, the challenge is much more difficult due to language and culture diversity. There are also a significant number of subcontractors every day and machinery of all sizes are operational, each with its unique safety features. These include special work vessels, lifting equipment, 3 concrete batching plants and one CMB batching plant, welding machines, earthmoving equipment and others.
This project entails dredging works, marine structure works which required the construction of a 1.5 km of temporary steel jetty for access and a work platform. Also, a pipeline and tank farm, road and rail works, underground service re-routing, sewage and electrical works.
During dredging, a very special h2s poisonous gas was found, raising the profile of safety management. Safety management is carried out through a network of site offices, each dealing with designated work locations.
The success of this pristine safety record is attributed to the fact that safety management is regarded as an ongoing process of attention to every detail of occupational safety and a commitment by every individual on site. The key to success is team work, timely and effective interventions such as regular toolbox inspections, safety inspection walks, safety induction and training and strict site inspections.
The partners expressed their appreciation to all subcontractors and the construction teams for their continuous efforts. A word of appreciation also went to the HSE teams for this commendable achievement.

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