B&W Y-12 announced last week that its direct-hire construction team has worked one million hours without a lost-time injury.
A press release said some 285 peopleâ€”including building trade crafts, non-manual staff, and escortsâ€”worked without a lost-time accident during the 633-day period. The construction teamâ€™s last lost workday was in September 2010.
Senior leaders from the National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office, or NPO, and B&W Yâ€‘12 congratulated the workers during a celebration Thursday.
â€œYou reach a one-million-hour milestone like this by people looking out for each other, by taking safety seriously, and being aware of hazards by staying in the moment,â€ saidÂ Jim Haynes, B&W Y-12 senior vice president and deputy general manager for projects.
“It takes leadership, a strong safety culture, and attention to detail to achieve these results,â€ saidÂ Karl Waltzer, NPO senior scientific and technical adviser.
The press release said much of the credit for the accomplishment goes to the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council, which provided well-trained, skilled, and safety-conscious workersÂ who embraced Yâ€‘12 safety programs.
KBCTC PresidentÂ Kevin Adkisson said: â€œThe construction trade can be one of the most challenging careers. Performing safely takes commitment, from top to bottom.â€
The press release said the Y-12Â Direct-Hire Construction team is composed of B&W Yâ€‘12â€™s full-time construction work force. It does not include workers on subcontracted construction projects.
At the same time it worked the one million hours without a injury, the Yâ€‘12 Direct-Hire Construction craft worked on more than 125 projects and supported another 35 subcontracted projects important to the Yâ€‘12 mission, the release said.