QPM, the client representative for Barwa Al Khor Shell Housing Project, announced the project has achieved over 5 million man hours without a lost time incident.
Alan Crawford, Head of HSE at QPM said: “This is a wonderful result for our HSE team who have worked very hard to build awareness of safety issues across the project’s breadth including contractors and workers at every level. Lost time incidents are significant not because of the loss in productivity, but because any injury, big or small, is something that must be avoided. QPM’s health and safety record on this project is also a big consideration for Shell who also has very strict HSE standards.”
QPM has invested in becoming an accredited Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) training provider to pass on much needed skills to its employees and these results are testament to the company’s efficiency at delivering greater HSE performance through education at every level.
Barwa Al Khor Shell Housing is a residential development project over a plot of 138,000 square meters designed for Shell’s employees in Qatar. It is also part of a future master plan in the Al Khor region. The residential component of the Shell Housing project currently extends over an area of 25,599 sq.m comprising 50 villas, 300 three bedroom units distributed across 15 five level apartment buildings and 87,557 sq.m of gross floor area.
The Shell Housing compound in Al Khor is custom-built with high quality design features and a wealth of amenities, giving the company’s staff the ability to partake in the all-essential family lifestyle they need, with homes near their workplaces.
A team from Shell recently visited the site and expressed their pleasure in the progress made on site in terms of construction and HSE, which is a topic that QPM has stressed considerably since being inducted into the project to ensure efficient delivery and the highest level of professionalism in delivering the end product.
Shell has committed to fund IOSH Working Safely training for the Contractor safety team. Crawford commented: “This type of partnership where a large organisation recognises and rewards the efforts of contractors is exactly what’s needed if we are to improve Health and Safety in Qatar”
QPM has been actively pursuing a mandate to create top of mind awareness and activity around Health Safety and Environmental care on its work sites.
Crawford said: “We are working on developing a cultural shift in general contractor mentality in addition to regularly reinforced awareness drives to emphasize the human factor in Safety. The initial task has been to make safety the centre of the contractor’s management progress objectives. At Barwa Al Khor Shell Housing, we have also succeeded in enhancing the actual management of HSE factors on site through greater accountability of contractor Site Managers in addition to HSE inspectors.”
In the past months, QPM hosted numerous HSE-related initiatives for all site operatives including subcontractors. These included toolbox talks (TBT) for all site operatives, which highlighted primary safety concerns. These are: working at heights, including scaffold issues; site welfare facilities; site housekeeping; enforcement of minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for the site; and waste management.
QPM also worked with subcontractors to encourage the use of safety campaigns using a series of posters, examples of best practices, and training sessions. Safety presentations on risks and appropriate controls were also provided to staff of subcontractors by QPM’s safety manager, while whole teams from the Al Khor site undertook a successful benchmarking visit to QP District Project in Doha for further training.