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June 25, 2019

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Toby Cook wins SHP’s Rising Star Utilities Award

Toby Cook, a Health, Safety & Wellbeing Trainee at Lanes Group, swayed the judges with his motivation for working hard at a young age, and was awarded with SHP’s Rising Star Utilities Award.

Toby Cook Rising Stars

Toby Cook collecting his award from Simon Bown, HSQE Director at KeolisAmey Docklands.

Aged just 19 and new to health & safety, Toby has immersed himself fearlessly but intelligently in his role, showing maturity and imagination to make a major impact. In doing so, he has shown initiative, innovation and determination which has contributed to the health, safety and wellbeing of colleagues. A keen cyclist, he has used his risk assessment and safety training to advise his cycling club’s coaches on carrying out dynamic risk assessments of activities undertaken by the youngest members, aged six to 17. He has also been asked to advise on the safety of competitive cycle courses for young riders.

Despite being young, Toby showed maturity skills in an industry that takes years to “get a hang of” said judges he is “young and driven”. Judges were impressed with how he used his imagination to create fresh ideas, they added “although he hasn’t been in the industry long, he showed signs of being very motivated”.

Judges were also pleased with his time management in balancing his work with studies, as well as with his external input in communities, by working with sports clubs that struggle with safety sport such as cycling, “it’s good to see him helping out in his local sports club”.

Judges concluded that Toby has a strong future in health and safety for being determined to succeed at such a young age and that he had “come in and got hold of it”.

Toby recieved his award from from Simon Bown, HSQE Director at KeolisAmey Docklands.

To read about the winners in the other categories, click here.

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