The Al Mafraq Hospital project in Abu Dhabi has achieved 10 million man hours without a lost time injury

Murray & Roberts, working in joint venture with Habtoor Leighton Group, recorded an exceptional safety achievement of 10 million man hours worked without a lost time injury on the Al Mafraq Hospital project in Abu Dhabi on 13 January 2014.

Colin Pickering, GM of Murray & Roberts Middle East says, “This is an incredible safety achievement and it would not have been possible without the commitment shown by all of our employees, partners and subcontractors to the principles of the Stop.Think.Act.24/7 programme. The Habtoor Leighton Murray & Roberts JV was awarded the project in March 2011 and has approximately 6 000 employees on site daily, reinforcing the significance of this achievement.”

The 739-bed facility will be one of the leading trauma and surgery hospitals in the region and spans 245 000 m². Work includes the construction of several multi-storey buildings, a link bridge and underground parking for 1 300 vehicles.

Al Mafraq Hospital

Al Mafraq Hospital: Employees mark 10 million man hours without LTI


While most university students would be happy with just completing the theory of their final year research project, a University of KwaZulu Natal student is taking it a step further by putting his words into action.

Shivendren Ramchurun, 22, a 4th year electrical engineering student and Murray & Roberts Projects bursary holder, has built the first solar powered boat in Durban.

The boat boasts a top speed of 25 km/h, a current rating of 16 amps in full sunlight and a voltage rating of 24. “It is an opportunity to show the capabilities of solar power and how it is incorporated into a petrol-powered system and in the process, having fun and saving the environment,” he said.

Shivendren’s project received a highly commended award and was one of the top ten projects out of 74 in his class.

Shivendren was also awarded a certificate of merit for constructing a Star Delta Induction Motor Starter, which is used to reduce the start current applied to the motor as a means of reducing the disturbances and interference on the electrical supply.

He hopes to get into construction technology once he graduates, and says he foresees planes using solar energy in the future.

Sources: Daily News; Murray & Roberts Projects December newsletter


The 2013 Group Chief Executive Health, Safety and Environment Recognition Awards recognised employees and teams who demonstrated outstanding practices that support the health and safety vision and goals of Murray & Roberts.

HSE employee of the year Reitumetse Sefolo – Tolcon
HSE leader of the year Hermie Keyser – Murray & Roberts Cementation
Most improved Safety performance by a company Murray & Roberts Plant
Zero LTI Safety award Murray & Roberts Plant, Murray & Roberts Marine, Concor Engineering, Concor Opencast Mining, Ocon Brick
Best Environmental improvement idea MPSJV – Batch Plant Yard
Best Health & Safety improvement idea Dan Loughran and Jason Smith – Cementation Canada
Managing Director HSE award Jim Wiggins – Murray & Roberts Plant
Platinum Club Membership
Bombela Operating Company, Clough, Concor Civils, Concor Engineering, Concor Opencast Mining, Concor Roads & Earthworks, Genrec, Much Asphalt, Murray & Roberts Botswana, Murray & Roberts Plant, Murray & Roberts Power (MPSJV), Murray & Roberts Namibia, Murray & Roberts Marine, Murray & Roberts Middle East, Murray & Roberts Projects, Ocon Brick, Wade Walker
Special recognition from the Group CE Concor Engineering, for achieving two years without LTI

HSE employee of the year

HSE employee of the year, Reitumetse Sefolo – Tolcon

Featuring: Hermie Keyser

Hermie Keyser

Hermie Keyser, Murray & Roberts Cementation Project Manager and recipient of the HSE Leader of the Year Award, has an incredible safety record. In a period of nine years he had two lost time injuries and currently his Murray & Roberts Cementation sites are lost time and injury free for five years. Hermie has been able to instil a culture of working safely and independently. It’s through these achievements that he has also earned awards and recognition from BHP Billiton. Hermie’s target for LTFIR is <1.2. His actual achieved is 1.37.

Collective drive towards Zero Harm
The Kingsbury Hospital contract in Cape Town was awarded first place in its category in the Master Builders Association National Safety Competition.

The Portside project was ranked 4th in the major projects category (with a commendable score of 94%).

“These awards are recognition of our collective drive towards Zero Harm,” said Dave Heron, Managing Director of Murray & Roberts Western Cape.