McConnell Dowell has again demonstrated its absolute commitment to safety, achieving 1 million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI) at the Bakan Gold Mine development project in Indonesia.

Comprising civil, SMP and electrical works within the gold processing plant development, this accomplishment presents a crucial and positive safety milestone for both the project and the company.

The Bakan site is set amongst tropical jungle, rising 700 to 900 metres above sea level, and is situated about 250km southwest of Manado in North Sulawesi. The location alone of the site's buildings, positioned on several different levels of the mountainous terrain, posed a difficult challenge for the safety component of the project.

“We had a number of intimidating challenges with both weather and terrestrial conditions.  At McConnell Dowell, safety is always our first priority, so it was vital that these difficulties were managed so as to ensure our workers finished up each day safely, leaving the site secure. Our success is fundamentally aligned with our safety mantra ‘Home Without Harm, Everyone Everyday’,” says McConnell Dowell managing director - Indonesia Andrew Carnie.

“For the team at McConnell Dowell, working and living 700-900 metres above sea level presented a number of challenging weather conditions. Moreover, the highest recorded rainfall in 10 years brought on sizeable landslides and reduced road access to the project site which further challenged the progression of the project.

“Faced with unavoidable challenges, the project team proficiently overcame these difficulties through careful and innovative preparation, proving their strong commitment to sustaining a zero harm environment for workers and ensuring the highest safety standards at all times.”

McConnell Dowell is a major international engineering, construction, building and maintenance company that creates a better world through safe, smart, efficient infrastructure. It is an award-winning leader in infrastructure development across the building, mining, oil & gas, power petrochemical, social & public infrastructure, transport and water sectors.

From modest beginnings more than 50 years ago to today operating across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Middle East, and employing more than 8000 people, McConnell Dowell continues to reinforce its reputation as a major global player in infrastructure development.

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