Working-at-height specialist Simian Risk has won a contract to provide on-site training for Shell and the South Oil Company in Iraq.
The UK-based consultancy firm, which launched in 2005, will provide bespoke scaffolding and work at height training and supervision at a new oil field site in Southern Iraq.
Simian Risk will be working closely alongside local workers to train and assist them in erecting scaffolding for building works at the site, which currently employs thousands of Iraqis.
Simian Risk Director Ian Fyall (pictured), who will be leading the project, said: “The aim of our training initiative is to create a culture of self sufficiency in the region. This is a massive project, with a whole infrastructure being built around the oil field. Therefore it is essential that those who work on the site fully understand the need for robust health and safety procedures, and adhere to those rules.
“The oil companies we are working with are placing a real emphasis on local employment; we will be out there initially for six months to bring the workers up to a high standard of health and safety. The country has seen so much turmoil and this is a great opportunity for the Iraqi people to take ownership of rebuilding their infrastructure – with homes, industry and offices. It is a privilege for Simian Risk to be able to play a small part in that, and create a safe and healthy working culture for the people of the region.”
Ian added that Simian Risk, which opened an office and training centre in Dubai last year, is looking to capitalise on the continued development of the Middle East oil and gas sector.