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Construction Workers Achieve Safety Milestone at Savannah River Site

April 29, 2014 - 4:23pm

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Savannah River Remediation construction employees worked more than 26 million hours without work-related injury or illness resulting in missed work days.

Savannah River Remediation construction employees worked more than 26 million hours without work-related injury or illness resulting in missed work days.

AIKEN, S.C. – A portion of the construction workforce at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has worked more than 26 million hours without injury or illness resulting in missed work days.

June 1998 marked the last missed day of work due to a work-related injury or illness for construction employees of current liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) and former SRS contractor Washington Savannah River Company/Bechtel Savannah River Inc. The contractors shared a recording process for the site’s liquid waste operations. SRR built on the hours of the previous contractor to achieve the milestone.

The accomplishment represents more than 15 years of work without a days-away case. The average construction organization has 191 days-away cases in a span of 26 million hours, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

“You have done a tremendous job. You continue to earn recognition and I applaud that. Your milestone of 26 million safe hours is worth recognition. Keep it up,” DOE Savannah River Operations Office Manager Dr. David Moody said.

SRR President and Project Manager Ken Rueter congratulated SRR construction employees for their accomplishment and noted all work at SRS begins and ends with safety.

“SRR’s construction employees are continuing an impressive record of work without a days-away injury. I am pleased to see them continue to keep the focus on what’s most important in their daily job performance of high-hazard work,” Rueter said.

SRR Director of Projects, Design and Construction Kim Cassara praised construction workers and supervisors for their dedication to a safe workplace.

“Our construction project employees continue to demonstrate they are the best in the business,” Cassara said. “By any comparison, this is world-class safety performance and a rare construction industry achievement that exemplifies our unrelenting commitment to the highest standards of workplace safety.”

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