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April 25, 2010

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Well done – Recognising safety excellence offshore

A number of individuals has been honoured at the inaugural UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards.

Presented on 21 April, the Awards have been set up to celebrate exemplary behaviour by individuals and companies in creating a safety culture that is based on the concept of personal responsibility, proactive behaviour and communication.

Picking up the Award for Safety Leadership was Kevin Hailes, of North Sea electrical technical authority, BP, while Victoria Lee, trainee HSEQ advisor for BIS Salamis, took home the Safety Award for Most Promising Individual.

Stuart Mann, a HVAC technician for Integrated Engineering Services Ltd, won the Award for Safety Representative of the Year, and John Roper, a scaffolder/safety technician at RBG Ltd, was presented with the Award for Preventative Safety Action. The latter award recognises an individual who, through their proactive and vigilant behaviour, successfully intervened to prevent a potential incident.

Open to organisations, the Award for Innovation in Safety, which recognises a company’s innovative approach to safety through the implementation of a new process or technique, went to BP (Schiehallion FPSO). Meanwhile, co-chairs of Step Change in Safety, John Forrest and Gordon Ballard, chose to honour Bob Kyle, a safety consultant with Oil & Gas UK, with an Award for Services to Safety.

Commenting on the first Awards event, Ballard said: “There are so many good safety ideas and initiatives out there, and so many success stories, it was time that we shared them on an industry-wide level and honoured those who lead the way on safety, demonstrating that excellent safety behaviour on all levels is being recognised.”

HSE chair Judith Hackitt gave the Awards her support, saying: “People can have good ideas, can show leadership and can inspire others to take the initiative and do similar things. I know there has to be a winner, but 90 nominations were received – that’s a lot of people using their ingenuity to create solutions, or find ways to make workplaces safer for everyone.”

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