Engineering major Bechtel said Monday that workers
at its Hanford waste treatment plant in Washington, also
known as the Vit plant, surpassed 11 million hours without an
injury resulting in a lost work day.
More than 2,700 people at the Vit Plant worked safely for
more than a year and a half to achieve the milestone, according
to the company.
Reaching 11 million safe hours as a project is an
outstanding achievement that required everyone involved in the
project, whether at our construction site or in our offices,
to work safely and watch out for each other, said Frank
Russo, Bechtels project director.
This accomplishment demonstrates our strong safety
culture and the safety commitment of the people working on this
Bechtel is designing and building the Vit plant for the US
Department of Energy (DoE).
The facility will immobilize 56 million gallons of
radioactive waste currently stored in underground tanks in
southeastern Washington state, Bechtel said.
The waste, a byproduct of plutonium-production during World
War II and the Cold War era, will be turned into glass using
proven vitrification technology.
Bechtel said it cultivates a culture of quality and safety
through three focus areas: leadership, employee engagement, and
The company said it provides employees with information and
tools needed to actively implement those focus areas in