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Charities benefit from Dounreay’s safety awards

Charities benefit from Dounreay’s safety awards

Charities benefited to the tune of £2,000 from this year’s Dounreay Director’s Safety, Health and Environment awards.

This year again produced a crop of excellent entries. Standards were very high, but after much deliberation, the judges chose the winners of the Bill Fisher Trophy (individual winner) and the team award.

Willie Swanson’s initiative in developing a safety culture matrix to measure the site’s changing behavioural culture won him the Bill Fisher Trophy. The matrix is now being used across site to measure and monitor the changes. Willie received the prize of £1,000 from director Simon Middlemas (pictured above), and £1,000 was donated to Willie’s chosen charity.

Runner up in this category was George Trueman, for his contribution to safety by providing on the job training in safe decommissioning practices to apprentices.

The team award went to the shaft isolation project, for identifying the environmentally-friendly potential for reusing borehole cores as foundation hardcore on site. Their excellent safety record over the duration of the project was also taken into account in awarding the prize to the team, who were comprised of both DSRL and Ritchies employees. They won £1,000 with a further £1,000 being given to their nominated charity.

There were two runners up in the team award category this year – the Dounreay Fire & Ambulance Service duty crew whose quick action contained an office fire in January 2008, and the Safety Representatives whose pro-active behaviour makes a valued contribution to the site.

Dounreay’s director Simon Middlemas praised the standard of the entries. “ We have some very enterprising and safety-conscious people on site, and I was impressed by the very high quality of the entries,” he said.