Hertel UK Limited, which provides multi-disciplinary construction and maintenance services, has set a new safety landmark of four million hours without a lost-time incident at the Sellafield nuclear site in West Cumbria.
The milestone represents eight years of safe working and comes at the end of 12 months which has seen it involved in a number of complex projects on the site. This has included work in potentially hazardous working areas and being involved in the complex deplanting process of the heat exchanger top ducts and steelwork at the former power station at Calder Hall.
With over 360 staff at Sellafield, Hertel UK provides maintenance services including access systems, asbestos management, mechanical and fabrication works. It is a delivery partner on the Multi-Disciplinary Site Works (MDSW) framework and is a main contractor for decommissioning work at Sellafield. It has worked at the site continuously for 26 years.
Kevin Law, Hertel UK’s Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Manager at Sellafield, said: “Reaching the four million hours safety landmark has been a real team effort. We face challenging and complex conditions every day and safety landmarks are only achieved by working together.
“We have a team where individuals are prepared to take responsibility for themselves and their colleagues to help to maintain the safest working environment.”
Chris Abbey, Hertel UK’s Head of HSEQ, added: “We have a strong policy of continual improvement and development. It helps our team at Sellafield to keep safe working practices at the forefront of their mind not only in the complex projects but in the simple, everyday tasks as well.”
“We have an active process where individuals can use their own experiences to put forward suggestions and ideas about improvements, helping to make their working environment even safer.”