Mumbai Metro One Chooses SGS, Again

In September 2012, Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd. (MMOPL) awarded SGS a contract estimated to be in effect until July, 2013 to provide safety audit, safety management and supervision services for the construction of a metro project in Mumbai. The project, which began in 2008, will ultimately provide a new 12 kilometer Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro line link. SGS will be responsible for the safety auditing and management as well as supervision services for the construction of 12 kilometers of double line elevated standard gauge metro rail and twelve passenger station platforms along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor and one maintenance depot to be located at D.N. Nagar in Andheri(W).

Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd. (MMOPL) is a joint venture made up of Reliance Infrastructure, Veolia Transport and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. Based in Mumbai, India, MMOPL operates the Mumbai Metro, a rapid transit system currently undergoing extensive construction.

When assessing project logistics, it was apparent to authorities at MMOPL that they needed a professional, experienced partner to ensure the safe and successful completion and operation of the VAG line. Because of SGS's distinguished global reputation as a third party inspection, testing, verification and certification company as well as prior MMOPL / SGS health, safety and environment (HSE) 2010 and 2011 collaborations in performing periodic safety audits of the major contracting agencies serving the VAG corridor project, there was never any real question as to whom MMOPL would approach to assist in the next phases of VAG.

SGS Protecting Workers and Assets

On September 11, 2012 a five-member SGS safety team led by top officers of SGS health, safety and environment services carried out a one-time comprehensive safety audit of the entire project. The SGS inspection team then presented key audit findings and submitted an interim report to MMOPL senior project management in a close-out meeting on September 12. MMOPL immediately implemented major recommendations outlined in the initial SGS safety audit.

Impressed by the SGS expeditious work ethic and the quality of SGS audit observations, MMOPL project managers solicited SGS safety engineers to continuously monitor project safety on a full-time basis. On September 17, a dedicated full-time team of ten SGS safety engineers was deployed and, after consultation with MMOPL, subsequently increased to fourteen.

This team of SGS safety engineers based at the MMOPL project site in Mumbai assists project management in implementing and monitoring a safety management system in order to effectively manage safety aspects and actively prevent incidents or accidents. The SGS safety team works with MMOPL site management and project contractors in placing control measures to eliminate potential hazards at the different work sites. In doing so, SGS provides MMOPL the opportunity to effectively manage and fulfill safety obligations during the project. In addition, SGS submits site safety inspection reports to MMOPL on a daily basis and protects workers from on-site injuries and assets from on-site damages through SGS safety management and supervision services.

SGS Health, Safety and Environment Management Credentials

Accidents may result in disastrous consequences for construction employees, innocent bystanders, the local environment, financial investors and responsible companies. SGS health, safety and environment management services coordinate and monitor on-site situations to ensure the health and safety of workers and determine company compliance with international HSE construction requirements.

Offering extensive experience, unrivaled resources, and ultimate expertise, SGS is a leading supplier of health, safety and environment management services. With a unique global reach, SGS is able to dispatch qualified and experienced safety coordinators to construction sites and factories, wherever operations are based.

SGS is extremely pleased to once again serve MMOPL in the VAG project and positively impact the everyday life of the citizens of Mumbai.

For further information, please contact:

SGS India Private Ltd.
Sunil Gonsalves
Head – HSE
NITCO BIZ PARK, 5th Floor, Plot No. C/19, Road No. 16,
Wagle Estate, MIDC Thane (West) – 400 604,
t: +91 22 6187 0111
f: +91 22 6187 0347


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