Lords highlight partnership approach as key to a safer electricity industry

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:00AM

Plans for the UK electricity industry to become a world leader in health and safety will be praised by Parliamentarians today as its ‘Powering Improvement’ campaign focuses on occupational health and well-being for 2011.  

The initiative, which through Energy Networks Association (ENA) and the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP) pulls together the electricity industry with Unions and the Health and Safety Executive to improve health and safety, is a positive step in delivering a safer working environment and a reduction in days lost through ill-health.  

Opening the event on the Terrace of the House of Lords, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the government’s spokesperson in the House of Lords for both the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), will say:  

“With an industry as large and as vital as this it is impressive that such an ambitious initiative has been universally adopted. As a result of the importance given to health and safety so far, the electricity industry is five times safer since privatisation, but the industry is not resting on its laurels and Powering Improvement seeks to address areas of vital importance.”  

Rt Hon Baroness Smith of Basildon, Shadow DECC Spokeswoman will speak of the approach taken by those involved:  

“The partnership established between unions, industry and the Government over many years signifies the critical role the safety and health of workers plays in delivering our nation’s energy needs. Industry, unions and government have a common purpose and interest in delivering Powering Improvement.”  

Speaking before the event, Peter McCormick, ENA’s Powering Improvement Coordinator said:  

“Workers in the electricity industry face many significant risks which need to be managed. Key to this risk management is strong leadership, where managers and supervisors of all levels take ownership of risks and accept the responsibility of managing them.”  

ENDS  

Notes to editor  

1. According to HSE and Electricity Industry figures, the number of days lost through work-related ill-health is five times greater than those lost due to work-related injury.  

2. For more information on Powering Improvement please see – www.poweringimprovement.org  

3. ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.  

4. AEP is the trade association for the UK electricity generation companies.      

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