Bahrain aluminium smelter Alba posts 10 million LTI-free man-hours

Acting CEO Ali Al Baqali says the company's 'historic' safety milestone was an almost-impossible target to achieve

Alba has achieved 10 million LTI-free man-hours.
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Alba has achieved 10 million LTI-free man-hours.

Bahrain Bourse-listed Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) — set to become the world’s largest aluminium smelter upon the completion of its Line 6 Expansion project — has recorded a safety milestone by achieving 10 million man-hours without any lost-time injury (LTI) for the first time since it commenced operations in 1971.

According to a statement on the company’s website, Alba organised a ceremony to mark the achievement, with the meeting attended by the company’s acting chief executive officer, Ali Al Baqali, executive management team members. Employees and contractors deployed at the plant were also present.

Chairman of the board of directors at Alba, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said the achievement was “a rare feat” in the smelting industry.

He added: “Alba could not have achieved this without a strong leadership emphasis on safety and health, as well as collective ownership to maintain a zero-accident work environment.”

Referring to the achievement as “an almost-impossible target to achieve”, Al Baqali added: “We have done it and outperformed ourselves thanks to our uncompromising approach toward safety.”

In July, Alba posted a 130% decline in profits for the first half of 2019, with the company recording a net loss of $50.9m (BHD19.1m) against corresponding numbers of $167.4m (BHD62.9m) in 2018.

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