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2013 UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards winners announced

25 April 2013

The winners of the 2013 UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards, sponsored by Maersk Oil UK, were announced at a special lunchtime awards ceremony in Aberdeen on April 24. The showcase event, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, saw over 500 people attend, including workforce representatives, safety professionals and oil and gas industry leaders. 

Jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, the awards were established in 2010 to celebrate the outstanding people and companies helping to create safer offshore working environments – whether through innovative new processes or exceptional individual enthusiasm and personal commitment.  

The winners are:

The Brent Delta Decommissioning Team won the first ever Award for Workforce Engagement, sponsored by Fairfield Energy Limited. The award recognises a team that has actively embraced worker engagement on safety matters. 

Petrofac’s Control of Work Team won the Ideas in Safety Prize and picked up a cheque for £5,000. The prize recognises the resourcefulness and creativity of individuals or teams working offshore who have an idea to reduce hydrocarbon releases. 

Kent Lanier, rig manager, Rowan Drilling UK, won the Award for Safety Leadership, sponsored by Chevron North Sea Limited, which recognises an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely. 

Marc Brankin, scaffold chargehand on the Brent Decommissioning Project is the winner of the Award for Most Promising Individual, sponsored by Draeger Safety UK Limited, which recognises an up-and-coming person with potential, who has shown great enthusiasm for offshore safety, actively embracing safety culture. 

Scott MacDonald, offshore electrician with Archer, won the Award for Preventative Safety Action, sponsored by ABB Consulting, which recognises a sharp, quick-thinking individual who has challenged a situation and successfully intervened to prevent a potential incident. CHC’s Captain Tony Bull also received a special commendation in this category. 

Nicky Elphinstone, a steward with Aramark, scooped the Award for Safety Representative of the Year, sponsored by BG International Limited, which recognises an enthusiastic and committed safety representative who is driving the safety agenda at their worksite. 

Stork Technical Services and bSolutions @ Banff and Buchan College won the Award for Innovation in Safety (Company Award), sponsored by Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited, which recognises a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite. 

The winners were presented with their prizes by the event’s keynote speaker Grahame Smith, general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).

Oil & Gas UK’s health and safety director Robert Paterson said: “The UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards has once again brought to the fore an inspirational group of people and organisations. The winners, and indeed everyone nominated, are actively doing great work to keep the safety of our people at the forefront of our industry. 

“The importance of celebrating these great achievers cannot be understated. This year the safety awards have been the biggest and best yet with a record number of entries and a record number of people attending the ceremony itself.

Step Change in Safety team leader Les Linklater said: “The safety awards are growing every year and this year we expanded the awards to include a new category which recognises effective workforce engagement, while we continue to tap into the workforce’s creativity with the Ideas in Safety Prize.

“I’d like to congratulate all the nominees who should be rightly proud to be among the very best of this industry’s top safety performers and I hope their ideas, enthusiasm and achievements will be widely shared and celebrated throughout the UK oil and gas industry.”

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