SNC-Lavalin Chile delivers outstanding HSE performance on Sulphuric Acid Plant project

January 15, 2019

While working on the Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco)’s Sulphuric Acid Plants (SAP) in Calama, Chile, SNC-Lavalin’s Mining & Metallurgy (M&M) team has recently achieved 600 Perfect Days on the jobsite without any work-related injuries, security incidents or environmental releases, according to SNC-Lavalin’s global health, safety and environmental management system (Bluebook). Over 4 million man-hours have been worked without a lost-time incident, as classified by OSHAS (Occupational Health and Assessment Series), since the start of the project. All of this was achieved in a challenging natural environment where the high altitude and desert climate were made even more difficult by the acidic environment and gas emissions generated by ongoing operations at the existing facility located immediately adjacent to the project.

This engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project will replace three existing single-absorption SAPs with two new double contact, double absorption SAPs that are integrated into a large open-pit copper mine and smelter complex.

This is an outstanding result and I would like to congratulate the team for maintaining its focus on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) matters, preventing incidents at the work site and office. The challenge now is to safely and efficiently complete the construction of the project on behalf of our valued client.

Andrew Curtis

General Manager of the Mining & Metallurgy sector in Chile.

The outstanding safety performance is attributed to a very engaged and committed project team who, in spite of harsh conditions, have managed to follow HSE best practices and procedures in order to protect themselves and meet SNC-Lavalin’s and Client’s highest safety standards. 

Furthermore, the Perfect Days have been reached thanks to the above-target reporting on leading safety indicators such as the behaviour interaction program (BIP), imminent dangers, HSE campaigns, crew meetings and safety trainings, all of which are some of the preventive measures in place at the work site.

This result demonstrates that we share our clients’ vision to prioritize safety and our commitment to assure our people return home healthy and safe every day. 


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