SOURCE: Bechtel

Bechtel

May 18, 2012 16:21 ET

Bechtel and Ma'aden Aluminium Company Reach New Safety Milestone

Workers Surpass 25 Million Safe Job Hours at Ras Al Khair Project

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2012) - Bechtel and the Ma'aden Aluminium Company have celebrated a major safe working achievement at the Ras Al Khair Aluminium Smelter project in Saudi Arabia: 25 million job hours without a lost work day injury. Ras Al Khair will be the world's largest aluminium smelter when completed in 2013.

The Ras Al Khair Aluminium Smelter project, which is being developed by Ma'aden in partnership with Alcoa, reached the safety milestone on May 14. Twenty-five million job hours worked without a lost work day case (LWDC) represents 269 LWDC-free days.

"This significant safety milestone is a testament to the leadership and commitment to safety shown by everyone involved with the project -- Bechtel people, Ma'aden people, Alcoa people, and the many contractors working at the site. It reflects the fact that zero harm is at the forefront of all work we do," said Russ Barretta, Bechtel's Mining and Metals general manager for North America, Europe, and the Middle East. "Bechtel, Ma'aden, and Alcoa share a dedication to a safe, environmentally sound, and healthy workplace for all employees."

Bechtel has 72 years of experience in Saudi Arabia and is a global leader in the mining and metals industry. The company has successfully delivered more than 40 mining and metals projects in the Middle East region and more than 2,500 across the world.

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Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. www.bechtel.com.

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