Engineering, procurement, construction and installation contractor, McDermott International has announced it has reached 80mn man-hours without a lost time injury in its Middle East Area. To mark the occasion, an “80” formation of employees was created in McDermott’s Jebel Ali fabrication yard, and at a special ceremony approximately 4,000 employees gathered at the DP World Cricket Ground in Jebel Ali to celebrate the milestone with a festive dinner.
Vice president and GM, Linh Austin, said during the event “Activity levels were at a record high in 2017 yet we have maintained our impeccable safety record. This achievement is reflective of our deep-rooted culture of which safety is truly at the core.”
The achievement dates back to October 22, 2013 and includes operations from McDermott’s Jebel Ali and Dammam fabrication yards, as well as marine operations across vessels from their global fleet assigned to the Middle East. Since 2013 McDermott has fabricated and installed 75 jackets and 74 topsides. In addition to this they have laid 242km (150 miles) of pipeline and 165km (102 miles) of cables and umbilicals.
In 2016 McDermott, based in Houston, Texas, implemented their award winning quality, health, safety, environment and security (QHSES) programme “Taking the Lead” which embeds excellence in all aspects of safety.
The programme enables and empowers employees to proactively drive continual improvement and promotes a safety-first culture across all disciplines. McDermott regards itself as an industry leader in safety performance and the company-wide adoption of the “Taking the Lead” programme can in part be attributed to reaching the 80 million man-hour record.