Winter 2003 (11.4)
Strengthen the Construction Work Force
Rashad Musayev is in
his early 20s. He grew up in the countryside in the Kazakh region.
Rashad is not used to public attention and when we told him that
his photo would appear in an international magazine, initially
he was a little nervous. Nevertheless, he began to relax and
put down his welding torch and flipped up his visor and smiled
for the camera. Then he picked up his welding torch, pulled his
visor back down and turned again to his work.
At that moment nothing was more important to him than ensuring
that his work is done accurately and safely.
"I feel responsible for every seam I make and for every
pipe I weld," explains Rashad. "It's not just a pipe
or a tube for me. Those magnificent topside decks are all composed
of pipes that we weld here. I work hard to ensure that we deliver
Azeri topsides, one of the main projects that is currently being
fabricated by MCCI for AIOC's Azeri Development.
Rashad Musayev is one of the first group of 12 youth between
the ages of 18 and 23 years old who were recruited by McDermott
Caspian Contractors Inc (MCCI) as part of a bold experiment initiated
in November 2002. With this initiative, MCCI was able to demonstrate
that it's possible to train young inexperienced people to become
competent craftsmen with a suitable training program. The young
men have undergone a five-day company and safety orientation
training, an eight-day craft theory training, and a two-month
practical craft training. Six of the trainees have qualified
to flux-cored arc welders - gas shielded (FCAW - GS) and the
other six have qualified as shielded manual arc welders (SMAW).
To date, 75 trainee welders known as "Alex's Babes"
have passed through the welding school. They got this nickname
because Alex Wylie, the MCCI Fabrication Manager, pushed for
young Azerbaijanis graduating from schools or returning from
the army to be given the chance for these jobs. "I'm proud
of 'Alex's Babes'!" says Wylie. "Out of all the trainees,
none of them failed to qualify, and a number of them excelled
far beyond our expectations to become highly skilled welders
with multiple qualifications."
"I'm honored to be a member of the MCCI family", says
Rashad. "It was a real challenge and a great opportunity
for me and my fellow countrymen to start working in a well-known
international company. I'm sure I can learn from them and become
as good a specialist as some of the best of them. I hope that
MCCI will have more projects to implement throughout the region
and that I get a chance to stay with this company for many years."
Below: Rashad Musayev, young structural welder, who is
involved with helping to construct topside decks with MCCI.
Emphasis on Safety
When asked why he likes to work for MCCI, Rashad answers with
no hesitatation: "Safety! I can concentrate on my work because
I feel well taken care of. I've been given relevant training
and necessary protective equipment to keep me safe at work. I
was happy to learn that we recently completed 10 million safe
manhours and that the hours that I worked really counted towards
MCCI's scope of work for the Azerbaijan International Operating
Company (AIOC) has included the successful accomplishment of
upgrades, at the BDJF yard for the construction and fabrication
of the topsides for the Phases 1 and 2 Development of the AIOC's
Azeri project, as well as pipelay and installation work for the
AIOC's Azeri development.
"We're very proud of this accomplishment of 10 million safe
manhours," said Clint Anderson, MCCI Vice-President. "It
means that for the past 22 months, we haven't experienced any
incident that resulted in serious injury which required time
away from work. All of our fabrication and marine operations
personnel have worked with immense care and commitment to safety,
while maintaining project progress."
From just a handful of project staff, the MCCI workforce has
grown enormously to 2,700 employees. Approximately 80 percent
are Azerbaijani personnel. "MCCI takes necessary measures
to ensure that its employees have the right skills to work safely
and efficiently and to achieve this goal we provide employees
with rigorous safety and craft related training," said Clint
Anderson. "We have also introduced a number of initiatives
to improve productivity and deliver outstanding Health, Safety
and Environment (HSE) performance."
"By implementing professional training and development programs
while maintaining high quality and safety standards, McDermott
adheres to in our operations worldwide we can help young employees
like Rashad develop and realize their full potential for their
own advantage, for the benefit of MCCI and for the future Azerbaijan,"
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