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Bechtel Projects Reach New Safety Milestone Worldwide

July 24, 2007 Halfway through the year, 46 Bechtel projects around the world have each achieved more than 1 million consecutive safe work hours, underscoring the company’s commitment to “zero accidents.”

The performance reinforced Bechtel’s standing as a safety leader in the engineering and construction industry, while showcasing its ability to maintain uncompromised safety standards on work anywhere on the globe.

Topping the list of projects racking up big safety numbers was the Khursaniyah gas development in Saudi Arabia, which as of June 30 had recorded 55 million work hours without a lost-time accident or injury—the equivalent of one person working more than 25,000 years without incident. The nuclear cleanup project at Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina, was second with 20.1 million safe hours, a record for work sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Projects with at least 10 million safe hours included the Sohar Aluminum smelter in Oman (11.4 million), the High Speed 1 rail line in the UK (10.5 million), and the Trans-Thai-Malaysia pipeline in Thailand (10.2 million).
Some 90 percent of all Bechtel projects complete each year without a lost-time accident, and the company’s global safety performance in 2006 was its best ever.

“Safety is a fundamental value on every Bechtel project,” said Kevin Berg, Bechtel’s manager of Environmental, Safety & Health. “We believe every accident is avoidable, and thus preventable.”

Based in San Francisco, Bechtel is one of the world's premier engineering, construction, and project management companies Since its founding in 1898, the company has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today its 40,000 employees are teamed with customers, partners, and suppliers on hundreds of projects in more than 40 countries. For more information about Bechtel, visit bechtel.com.

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Francis Canavan 
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