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IGTC Chubb Fire Qatar trains 4,000 staff

Fire protection and safety specialists  IGTC Chubb Fire Qatar has trained 4,000 construction workers who are designated to work on a new plant for Qatalum, a joint venture by Qatar Petroleum and the Norwegian based aluminium company Hydro.

Fire protection and safety specialists  IGTC Chubb Fire Qatar has trained 4,000 construction workers who are designated to work on a new plant for Qatalum, a joint venture by Qatar Petroleum and  the Norwegian based aluminium company Hydro.

The workers were trained in techniques and equipment that will allow them to work safely at height.

"The on-site workers are faced with the hazards of any busy construction site, particularly while working at heights. We want to make sure that we provide them with the best possible training," said Jan Arild Berget, Qatalum HSE manager.

"Therefore we will ensure that the Qatalum workforce obtain additional working knowledge of the dangers of working at height and are familiarised with the use and application of harnesses and fall protection systems."

A training team from IGTC  Chubb Fire Qatar and allied company M&O Global, an Australian-based safety trainer conducted the training during November and December 2008. M&O Global has trained over 150,000 individuals in safety and emergency response across the world so far.

"The training exercises stressed on day to day security and safety while working at heights, and were therefore critical," said Rami Al Batrawi, general manager, IGTC Chubb Fire Qatar.

"What the workers leared in these training sessions will enhance the safety not only of the plant as a whole, but of each employee working on the construction site of the plant."

The new plant is currently more than 36% complete and is scheduled for delivery in 2010. Over 13,000 workers are currently on site.

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