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Winners announced at UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards

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Winners announced at UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards

The fifth UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards were held in Aberdeen on 29 April 2015.

There were six categories in the awards. The recipients were:

Safety Leadership sponsored by ABB was won by Vic Retalic, HSE & Security Manager, Premier Oil.

  • Judges recognized Vic’s creative approach to communicating health and safety – from drawing on the expertise of other industries to look at concerns from a different perspective, to using a cartoonist to capture meeting minutes as a 12 foot long picture. His leadership style has played a key part in driving forward improvements in the UK.

Safety Representative of the Year sponsored by Petrofac went to Karen McCombie, Offshore Support Planner and Helicopter Admin Assistant, Sodexo.

  • Karen has worked tirelessly to promote safety awareness on the Claymore platform: increasing participation at quarterly meetings and encouraging Sodexo management to put safety at the top of the boardroom agenda. 

Innovation in Safety sponsored by Nexen Petroleum UK was awarded to BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler.

  • BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler have jointly delivered an industry first by developing a new technique for removing caissons, the pillars underpinning many North Sea platforms. The process holds promise for the future, as BG Group plans to use this technology for the removal of similar caissons on other North Sea assets.

Workforce Engagement sponsored by DNV GL was won by the Bruce Platform Team, BP 

  • BP’s Bruce Offshore platform team transformed its safety performance through an ambitious improvement program involving a new approach to communication and a focus on a new, consistent process. 

Occupational Health & Hygiene sponsored by International SOS went to Lesley Officer, HR Manager, Rowan Drilling UK.

  • Lesley was involved in Rowan Drilling UK Limited’s wellness program to encourage a healthy body mass index and an active lifestyle. The total weight of participants has fallen consistently ever since and Rowan’s offshore fleet became the first in the UK sector to be presented with NHS Scotland’s Healthy Living Award.

Sharing and Learning sponsored by BG Group was awarded to Neil Clark, CEO, IHF.

  • Human factors are thought to account for 80% of all accidents offshore and Neil’s commitment to raising awareness of them as a pivotal ingredient towards changing safety culture on and offshore impressed the judges. Neil has played a key role in Step Change in Safety’s steering group on competence and human factors.

Robert Paterson, health and safety director at Oil & Gas UK, said:

“We were really impressed with the level and standard of entries to our Awards. The innovative approaches being taken by winners to ensure high standards of safety, as well as the measures underway to further raise awareness to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, really are to be applauded.”

Les Linklater, executive director at Step Change in Safety, added:

“This year’s safety awards were a real cause for celebration.  We have seen some tremendous efforts from individuals and companies who are doing all they can to continuously improve the safety of the North Sea.  Everyone at the ceremony should feel encouraged and challenged to bolster their safety efforts and ensure that maintaining safe and efficient operations is kept a priority despite the challenges the industry is facing.”

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