Kwale project team celebrates 500,000 hours without a recordable incident.

The Kwale project team recently celebrated 500,000 hours without a recordable incident – defined as a lost time incident (LTI), a medical treatment incident or restricted work event.

The team, responsible for delivering the concentrator and mineral separation plant for Base Resources Kwale Mineral Sands project in Kenya, has been focused on building a culture of strong performance and safety on the project.

“This is a significant milestone for the team,” said Garry Mills the project’s HSEC Manager.

"We’ve worked really hard to develop a strong spirit of collaboration within the project team and commitment to the zero harm philosophy. 

“We’re using a number of HSE initiatives and key performance indicators on site to ensure safety is everyone’s top priority,” Garry said.

Some of these initiatives include daily workplace inspections by the EPCM team focusing on activities involving high risk works and the Golden Rules; conducting HSE alignment session with all contractors prior to commencement on site; monthly awards recognising employees and contractors for their commitment to safety; and a monthly bulletin – The Kwale Safety Corner – to celebrate the good work being done on site.

“Preparations are underway for a presentation and celebration for the project team,” Garry said.

“We want to recognise and thank everyone for their individual contribution to the team’s achievement.”

The Kwale Project is located 10 kilometres inland from the Kenyan coast and 50 kilometres south of Mombasa, Kenya’s principal port facility. The project is important to the local Kenyan economy, anticipated to produce approximately 4.7 million tonnes of final product over 13 years from late 2013.

It builds on Ausenco’s previous involvement with Base Resources at this project, including the feasibility study and early engineering design.