"What could be more important than making sure our people return home safe and sound at the end of their working day?" said GM Middle East President and Managing Director, Maurice Williams at this week's celebration of a rare milestone.
GM's giant auto parts warehouse in Jebel Ali, Dubai has now operated for 3000 days without a staff member needing to take a day off because of a safety incident at work.
"Unfortunately, in this region, you don't hear a lot of positive stories about how companies have successfully protected their staff from safety incidents," said Williams.
"It sounds simple, but really is so important to us. Our aim is to return our people home safe, from every site, every day. I'm delighted that we've been doing this solidly now for over eight years."
GM Middle East's Director for Customer Care and Aftersales, Luay Al Shurafa added, "The 3000 days record is a testament to our unique culture of safety at General Motors."
"With heavy machinery and cargo constantly moving through the warehouse, we're proud to see our people driving, implementing and, most importantly, following procedures to keep them safe."
Al Shurafa says that the safety conscious culture has grown because GM encourages staff to take an active role in maintaining this impeccable safety record.
The Middle East Distribution Center's management team welcomes open discussion and suggestions on safety and staff can join its Safety Committee.
Over the last 3000 days, the Center has implemented firm rules and innovative initiatives that allow people to move safely through the warehouse and handle specialized heavy machinery and vehicle parts.
The Center receives and ships Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and ACDelco parts to customers throughout the Middle East and Africa within 48 hours. It has approximately 90,000 parts on the shelves at any one time, and last year shipped around seven million parts to customers in the region.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands.
Having been in the Middle East since the 1920s General Motors sells the Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands in the region. Genuine GM parts and accessories are sold here under the GM Parts and ACDelco brands. The regional office in Dubai covers the company's operations in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. GM's Middle East Parts Distribution Center (MEDC) also supplies parts to Africa.
Mohammed Al Fayyad
Head of Communications
GM Middle East Operations
+971 50 4532 810 [email protected]