Safety awards celebrate Dounreay successes

Safety awards celebrate Dounreay successes

“A credit to the site” is how Dounreay director Simon Middlemas described the winners and runners-up in the annual safety, health and environment awards.

A record number of high-quality entries were received this year.

Joint winners of the Bill Fisher individual award were trainers Davie Mowat (DSRL) and Alan Farquhar (Morson International).

Davie and Alan qualified as accredited training providers for vehicle and plant training, and now deliver training that is in line with national standards. They relocated the training to a purpose-built facility at t3uk in Janetstown which met their needs, and now train operators who work at Dounreay and in the wider community.

Simon Middlemas commented: “You spotted a gap in the site’s training programme which you could fill, and used your initiative to train and improve the safety of people on site.”

Davie and Alan received a glass trophy and shared the prize money. They nominated the charity Combat Stress to receive a donation to charity.

The team award went to the D8550 final decommissioning project team. This eight-year long project was “a sustained success story”, according to Simon Middlemas. The team cleaned up the heavily contaminated building, while maintaining an excellent safety record. This project removed the last of the criticality laboratories.

The team received a glass trophy and prize money, with a further donation going to a charity of their choice.

DSRL senior project manager Charlie Fowler said: “This world-class decommissioning feat is not the achievement of just the D8550 core team – it’s the result of the efforts of the whole site, so thank you to the whole of DSRL and its contractors.”

Dougie Sinclair (Doosan Babcock), who spent several years working in the facility as a plant supervisor, said: “I know from my 31 years at Dounreay that the D8550 decommissioning project was one which many thought would never be completed. Special thanks should go to everyone  who had to work under arduous conditions in full airline suit or PVC suit and respirator.”

The runner-up awards went to the AMMR project team for the PFR heel pool pump and camera and the site services/waste services team for their work on manhole 5.