Juwi Renewable Energies has achieved an unprecedented 1 006 793 Lost Time Incident (LTI) free hours to end of February 2020 in the construction of the 78 MW Bokamoso Solar Park situated near Leeudoringstad in South Africa’s North West Province.
Greg Austin, the company’s CEO, says that this milestone figure of 1-million LTI free hours translates to 125 000 LTI free days. This is equivalent to 125 people working on a remote site for a period of 1000 days, without incident or harm to anyone, which he believes, is an achievement which is unprecedented in South Africa’s renewable energy (RE) sector.
The company was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract in respect of the Bokamoso Solar Park pursuant to Round 4 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).
Austin says that the LTI milestone was achieved by the duty and care the site management team took and the excellent cooperation of labour on site. “Our first priority in the construction phase is health and safety of all personnel on site. Without a healthy, fit and competent labour force – at all levels of the project teams – we would not be able to achieve our targets nor ensure that the overall personnel are able to enjoy the benefits of their efforts”, Austin says.
The company’s EPC construction manager, Jacques Botha, explains: “We have strict procedures and standards in place to create a safe working environment, where everyone feels safe and completes their tasks in the correct safety gear. We have reached this achievement by creating an environment where everyone looks out for their co-workers and peers.”
“This is also a great achievement because at the start of this project we were working with the local communities and some people who had very limited work experience and little safety awareness. By implementing the correct safety procedures and standards, and by creating a “safety awareness” environment, we were able to reach over 1-million LTI free hours. We want to make sure that everyone goes back to their families safely”, Botha concludes.
Contact Greg Austin, Juwi Renewable Energies, Tel 021 831-6100, email@example.com