Hearty congratulations to Umesh Kumar Pal, who emerged as the TOCO overall Stop Work Authority Champion for the month of July 2021!

Umesh, who works as a pipe fitter at our Safah site, was part of a crew which was assigned to a 24” pipeline construction work. On 3rd July 2021, in the afternoon shift, the crew was carrying out cutting and bevelling work on the pipe.

Umesh’s vigilant eyes stumbled upon an unusual backfiring malfunction of the acetylene gas cutting set. Backfire is the momentary retrogression or ‘burning back’ of the torch flame, into the torch tip. It an extremely unsafe occurrence which can lead to asset damage, fire or even explosion. Umesh swiftly intervened, stopped the work and averted the safety incident from occurring.

If the above unsafe condition was not reported or ignored, it could have resulted in asset damages or personnel injuries or disruptions at site, leading to project delays. All these were averted by the timely application of a simple but effective tool called “SWA”!

Umesh’s behaviour demonstrated strong commitment to our Stop Work Authority initiative and his ability to spot hazards in everyday work scenarios.

As a token of appreciation from the management, Umesh received a certificate, gift and an ‘SWA Champion’ branded coverall. Congratulations!

Stay tuned for the August 2021 SWA nominations and overall champion announcement!