Gibela celebrates 500,000 injury-free working hours on the construction of their train manufacturing facility in Dunnottar
Gibela vice-president of operations, Thierry Darthout, announced late last year that construction on the company’s train manufacturing plant in Dunnottar, on Gauteng’s East Rand, is on track for completion by November 2017.
The announcement was made at a function held to mark 500,000 injury-free working hours on the site. More than 500 workers are currently constructing the R1 billion facility, where Gibela will be manufacturing PRASA’s new fleet of X’Trapolis Mega Trains.
Darthout attributed this achievement to the successful implementation of rigorous environmental, health and safety (EHS) systems at the site and acknowledged the commitment to compliance demonstrated by every person working on the project.
“With more contractors and workers scheduled to move on site by March this year, an even greater commitment to the EHS system will be needed to ensure an injury-free workplace,” Darthout said.
On completion, the facility will comprise 11 buildings. This will include a central compound made up of two administrative buildings and five manufacturing buildings including a car body shell workshop, fitting and warehousing facility, a coupling and testing workshop, a filming workshop. There will also be a number of utility buildings required for the operations of the manufacturing facility and a training centre.
Darthout has indicated that of all the buildings, the training centre is closest to completion, and Gibela expects to accommodate their first intake of trainees in the first quarter of 2017. The training centre remains pivotal to Gibela’s project implementation plan, as employees will need extensive training to ensure that they have the ability to comply with Alstom’s manufacturing standards once the site starts operations later this year.
“Approximately 18,000 people are expected to pass through the training centre over a 10-year period, readying them for careers within Gibela and in the wider South African railway sector,” Darthout explains.
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