TALKING SAFETY: Bechtel was prompted to talk safety after an injured worker had to be airlifted from the QCLNG site last weekend.
TALKING SAFETY: Bechtel was prompted to talk safety after an injured worker had to be airlifted from the QCLNG site last weekend. Brenda Strong GLABOAT

Quest to achieve zero injuries continues for Bechtel

BECHTEL has admitted it's not satisfied with its safety record despite having a better than Australian industry average.

The disclosure follows an attack from the construction union over the company's safety standards.

But sharing information from an industry level was on the menu on Wednesday, with Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg one of the main speakers at a Work Health Safe Queensland breakfast.

Queensland rugby league great and safety ambassador Mal Meninga helped local business leaders warm up with a fitness and safety session, before about 130 people sat down for breakfast to listen to Mr Berg and safety advocate Jed Millen.

In response to questions from The Observer, Mr Berg called on Bechtel's employees to help the company in every way possible to improve.

"Because our injury rate isn't absolute zero across all of our operations here in Gladstone, we are not satisfied with our performance," he said.

"For us, zero is the only acceptable number."

Mr Berg said union claims that Bechtel was not reporting near misses to WHSQ were untrue, and the company routinely reported near misses and, erring on the side of caution, reporting even when not required.

"We view WHSQ as one of our partners in our efforts to achieve zero injuries," he said.

"The CFMEU seems to fail to recognise that we understand employee engagement is critical to our goal of zero accidents.

"Our trained and experienced worker health and safety reps, elected by and from our workforce, are one of our most valuable assets and represent a critical element of our program."



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