Posted on June 11, 2013

Qatargas’ Jetty Boil-off Gas Recovery (JBOG) Project has recently completed 15 million man-hours without a lost time injury. Since the beginning of this project, over 1000 days have been worked at site while keeping up to 3000 workers safe from serious injury.

The JBOG Project has fully implemented the “Incident and Injury Free” (IIF) safety behavioral program to fundamentally alter the safe working behavior of the work force. This program, trains the workers to take proactive action if they see any unsafe work taking place around them. Going beyond the usual safety training, which teaches the workers about the protective clothing and site rules, the IIF program invites the workers to view their personal safety as their ultimate goal. JBOG Project’s slogan is “Everybody Goes Home Safe”, and this reminds the workers that their safety is absolutely essential for the well‐being of their loved ones.

At the beginning of the project, JBOG introduced the “JBOG 12 Golden Rules”, which are aligned with the Qatargas Life Saving Rules. These rules are designed to save lives, and consist of stipulations like, the use of safety harnesses for working at heights, use of valid work permits for each activity and wearing of vehicle seat belts. Compliance with these rules is mandatory, with no exceptions made. The communication of this clear boundary of acceptable safe behaviors, and the non‐compromising consequence management has developed the safety culture on the JBOG Project to previously unattained levels. 

Commenting on this achievement, Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Operating Officer, Engineering and Ventures says: “Qatargas’ mission is to maintain the highest Safety, Health and Environment standards. I am happy to see the JBOG Project fulfill the Qatargas vision and covenants by excelling in their safety performance. I congratulate the JBOG Project Management Team and all their contractors for displaying and implementing their commitment to keep everybody safe on their project. I wish them success in future, and hope that the JBOG Team will continue to improve their safety performance.”

Bashir Mirza, the JBOG Project Manager said: “The credit for keeping nearly 3000 people safe from serious injury over a period of three years goes to the JBOG Integrated Project Management Team, comprising of Qatargas and Fluor people, and also our construction contractors, namely, Qcon, Qatar Kentz, Medgulf, Teyseer, ShaqabAbela, G4S and Draieh. We have worked hard to train the workers, and then constantly remind them of the need to keep safety of people and property as their number one priority. Our objective is to complete the project keeping all our workers safe, and to ensure that everybody goes home safely.”

The outstanding safety record of the JBOG Project was recently recognized with an award at the Qatar Oil and Gas Industry HSE Excellence Awards. The JBOG Project organizes a Safety Day to thank the workers for working safely, as well as to communicate safety messages to them. 90,000 hours of training have been imparted to thousands of people by an integrated team of trainers from Qatargas, Fluor, Qcon and Qatar Kentz.

Building oil and gas facilities has many potential hazards and keeping our workers safe is a daily challenge. On the JBOG Project, Qatargas devised and implemented several innovative as well as the usual tried and tested initiatives, and the combined impact of all these steps has resulted in a safer overall working environment. 

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