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Hydratight achieves unique milestone in safety

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Global joint integrity and engineering services company, Hydratight has achieved a unique milestone by completing one million hours of work without incident in 2011-12.

The company’s Western region consisting of North and South America attained this unique milestone without a single lost time injury despite working in mining, oil and gas, nuclear maintenance and other hazardous sectors.

This safety record underlines Hydratight’s ‘safe is never safe enough’ philosophy, which places great emphasis on safe working practices, whether in the office or on an oil platform in the Gulf.

Gregory Scott, Hydratight’s regional safety manager explains that even their world-class standard of work comes second to the safety culture. The stress on workplace safety is reflected in the impressive figures with Hydratight achieving a record-breaking total of 1.143 million working hours without a single lost time safety-related incident in North and South America. North America alone had an overall injury rate of ‘zero’ over 977,000 working hours during the company’s just-ended fiscal year.

These results have pushed the company’s insurance rating or ‘Experience Modification Rate’ (EMR) down to 0.80, a record low for the company. The industry’s target standard EMR is 1.0.

Gregory Scott explains that most clients in these industries demand an EMR of 2.0 or less. Hydratight’s low EMR provides their clients the assurance that their workers and property won’t be put at risk by Hydratight’s work, even in some of the harshest environments.

According to Hydratight’s Western region HSSEQ leader, Colby Rhodes, the company works to the same safety standards everywhere, with their safety record surpassing that of most companies in these fields.

Hydratight has set their target lost work incident rate down to 0.15 for the new financial year, and the total incident rate target to 0.50 against an industry average of about 2.75. The company is already on target to making it two million hours without incident.

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