Safety

We believe that every incident is preventable

Bechtel continues to be an industry leader in safety. We are relentless in our approach to prevent each and every accident, as we believe that every incident, thus every occupational injury and illness, is preventable. 

On the job

Every one of our colleagues—as well as our partners and subcontractors—has stop-work authority. If it's not safe, we don't do it. We reinforce this philosophy through a combination of technical field procedures, ongoing training, and a Life Critical Requirements Program that highlights activities that could be life-threatening when not executed according to published procedures.

Public safety

Public safety is a critical part of our environmental, safety, and health programs, and we work with all appropriate stakeholders to improve industry and national standards. On many projects, we prepare and implement traffic safety management plans specific to the work site and to the local roads over which equipment and materials flow to support construction.

The result is exceptional safety performance, even in hazardous work environments, severe weather, and remote locations.

Bechtel’s global incident rate in 2014 was a tenth of the projected U.S. construction industry average, and our global lost-workday incident rate in 2014 was 44 times lower than the projected U.S. construction industry average.

Bechtel reduced our number of incidents while increasing our total work hours by 12.9 percent, compared to 2013.

Safety at GLNG

The National Safety Council of Australia presented Bechtel with an Excellence Award for establishing a longterm safety culture on the Gladstone LNG project. The awards are Australia’s longest-running, independent recognition program for workplace health and safety. “Winning an award from Australia’s premier safety council is a great achievement,” says Andrey Polunin, senior project manager at Bechtel. “Everything on this project is done on a large scale, so it’s important that, with all the activity on site, our team members remain safe.”

Project safety milestones

Fifty-two projects achieved at least 1 million safe work hours in 2014, that's up five from 2013. Below is a list of Bechtel projects with the most consecutive job hours without a lost-time incident.

Safety is personal