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Dupont to assist Murray & Roberts on its journey to zero harm

26 November 2010

The Board of Murray & Roberts has appointed DuPont Sustainable Solutions to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the Group’s South African operations against best practice health and safety management standards as part of its ‘Journey to Zero Harm.’

Brian Bruce, Group Chief Executive, Murray & Roberts, commented “Strong leadership, continuous motivation and education of our employees to take responsibility for themselves, their colleagues and the environment are key elements of our aspiration to achieve Zero Harm. We are proud to partner DuPont Sustainable Solutions to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the Group’s South African operations against best practice standards and to develop a set of continuous improvement recommendations.”

Carlman Moyo, Managing Director of DuPont Sub-Saharan Africa, says that while Murray & Roberts has already made significant strides towards creating a positive health and safety culture, the DuPont appointment will assist the company to achieve its goal of Zero Harm in all aspects of business – people, partners and clients, the natural environment in which it operates and society in general.

According to Moyo, DuPont will gather data through a Safety Perception Survey (SPS) which gives the organisation a view of health and safety from the employees' viewpoint.  A Safety Management Evaluation (SME) will also be conducted by DuPont to give an independent view on the health and safety culture based on international best practice. Based on these, DuPont and Murray & Roberts will then develop best-practice recommendations across all activities of the organisation. This rigorous process will provide a complete picture of Murray & Roberts’ culture and risks and will form the basis for the strategic review of what the company needs to do to improve its health and safety performance.

Moyo says that all of the industrial accidents that happen in organisations can be avoided, and that improving health and safety depends largely on how leadership is able to influence behavior.

Moyo says that it is extremely encouraging to see industry leaders like Murray & Roberts take proactive steps to go beyond the minimum requirements of health and safety standards in the workplace.

About DuPont

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation. Visit www.dupont.co.za for more information.

About Murray & Roberts

Murray & Roberts is South Africa’s leading engineering, contracting and construction services company, with a primary focus on the resources-driven construction markets in industry and mining, oil and gas, and power and energy in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australasia, North and South America. The company offers civil, mechanical, electrical, mining and process engineering; general building and construction; materials supply and services to the construction industry; and management of concession operations.

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