Aberdeen welder named as 2015 Young Health and Safety Champion in British Safety Council Awards

Gordon Hooker, apprentice welder, CRC-Evans Offshore is presented with his safety award.
Gordon Hooker, apprentice welder, CRC-Evans Offshore is presented with his safety award.

A welding apprentice from CRC-Evans Offshore in Aberdeen has been named as Young Health and Safety Champion in the 2015 British Safety Council awards in London.

The nomination for Gordon Hooker, a third-year apprentice, noted: “Gordon continues to raise the bar and sets a great example to other apprentices, and in particular has an ability to reinforce good behaviour and challenge unsafe ones.

“He regularly completes hazard observation cards and has won the monthly prize for best safety suggestion on several occasions. On his last project, Gordon completed over 350 welds with no repairs or safety issues.

Meanwhile, the winners of 2015 industry safety awards celebrating the people and companies striving to ensure North Sea oil and gas operations are as safe as they can be have been announced by UK Oil and Gas at an event in Aberdeen; –

Safety Leadership: Vic Retalic, Health and Safety Manager, Premier Oil

Safety Representative of the Year: Karen McCombie, Offshore Support Planner, Sodexo 

Innovation in Safety was awarded to BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler

Workforce Engagement was won by BP’s Bruce Platform Team

Occupational Health & Hygiene; Lesley Officer, HR Manager, Rowan Drilling UK

Sharing and Learning: Neil Clark, Chief Executive, IHF Ltd

Les Linklater, Executive Director, Step Change in Safety, commented:  “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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