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Keppel attempts Guinness World Record

Singapore:  Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M) attempted to set a Guinness World Record and the Singapore Book of Records yesterday by creating the longest unbroken chain of safety helmets. Company staff, partners, customers and sub-contractors two days to construct the chain that used 18,000 safety helmets and spanned a distance of 5.8km. The helmets were linked into a wall to form the backs of gazebos and carried the message "Safety first! Our Yard, Our Home."

Speaking at the event, which was held in conjunction with Keppel O&M's Family Day celebration at the Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Choo Chiau Beng, the company's chairman and ceo (pictured right) said "The helmet is one of the most important personal protection gears and we recognise it as the icon for safety. The safety helmets used for our record attempt appropriately illustrate our commitment to safety at work and at play."

Dr Ng Eng Hen, Singapore's Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Defence, who was the Guest of Honour at the event (pictured left) said, "The safety culture must permeate every level - from management down to the last worker. We need to actively spread this message to all staff through various initiatives, including today's attempt to build the longest chain of safety helmets and set a new record in the Guinness World Records. I am delighted to join you for this feat."

Keppel O&M places a strong emphasis on safety and invests a substantial amount of money on equipment, education and promotion, as well as on initiatives that enhance safety at the workplace. It is also is the only company in Singapore that has a safety committee at board level in addition to the individual safety steering committees run by the shipyards.  [22/10/07]

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