People and companies making a positive difference to North Sea safety have been honoured for their efforts by the oil and gas sector, with a total of 18 companies and individuals being shortlisted as finalists in the six categories in this year’s Offshore Safety Awards.
A guest audience of more than 200 industry representatives then voted by text for who they thought should win after the finalists gave presentations in Aberdeen on their work and watching video ‘selfies’ that they had also made.
The Award for Safety Leadership went to EnQuest Operations Manager Derek Ellington whose leadership has transformed the culture on one of the North Sea’s mature assets.
As Heather Offshore Installation Manager, Derek drove improved standards, coached all individuals on the platform, getting to know them, their values, skills and experience – ensuring they were crystal clear on the high safety standards and expectations. Under his leadership, now as an Operations Manager, Heather has significantly improved its efficiency and productivity while maintaining an excellent safety record.
The Award for Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep who is driving the safety agenda at their worksite – went to Dave Thomson, who was nominated by CAN Group for his firm belief in the importance of protecting all his colleagues who work around him. He is Offshore Inspection Engineer and Elected Safety Representative.
The Award for Innovation in Safety went to Baker Hughes which delivered the best HSE performance in company history – a full year without recordable incidents.
Reinvigorating its network of safety representatives from largely inactive with no central hub of support, into an energised, motivated and actively supported group earned TAQA’s Allan Smillie, Telecoms Technical Authority, the Award for Workforce Engagement.
He developed a multi-faceted training programme, introduced video conferences to allow reps to share information, experiences and lessons. The programme has attracted interest from other operators and major contractors, keen to explore if they can replicate the approach. Similarly, industry organisations are using it to highlight best practice.
Continued commitment and investment in managing and supporting its workforce with the provision of an in-house occupational health service earned Stork the Award for Occupational Health for taking steps to actively improve the health of its workforce, with clearly demonstrable positive effects.
A group working to further enhance the safety of offshore helicopter transport won the Award for Sharing and Learning. Russell Gould from Bristow Group and Malcom Garrington from CHC Helicopter lead HeliOffshore’s Health & Usage Monitoring System which measures the health and performance of mission-critical components in aircraft.
Les Linklater, Executive Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “The format of this year’s awards event was designed to facilitate sharing and learning and I am encouraged to hear from the event attendees that each and every one of them has taken something back to their respective organisations that can help them play their part in making us the safest oil and gas sector in the world. “