Engagement with Contractors Key to Health and Safety Performance for Electricity Industry

For immediate release - Thursday 22 October 2015

The UK’s electricity industry is prioritising engagement with contractors as a vital component of successful health and safety performance.

‘Working with Contractors’ is the theme for 2015 under the overarching Powering Improvement strategy, which brings together industry, trade unions and the HSE to deliver excellence in health and safety performance in the electricity sector.

A Powering Improvement workshop held at ENA (21st October) has continued the constructive engagement that has been taking place with the contractor community, which has focussed on working together to share best practice, learn from experience and manage common risks.

David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA, said "Everyone working to keep the lights on in our vital electricity sector has the right to a healthy and safe working environment.

Collaboration has always been at the heart of Powering Improvement and this workshop has followed in that tradition. Success will come, not from top down management of contractors, but from working together in partnership to learn from each other’s approaches."

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Notes to Editors

* More information on the Powering Improvement health and safety strategy is available at www.poweringimprovement.org

* ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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Matthew Pringle Press and Public Affairs Officer Energy Networks Association

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