Safety is the golden thread in the electricity industry

For immediate release – Tuesday 8 May 2012

Human factors and the importance of worker involvement have been highlighted as critical to delivering ongoing improvement in health and safety in the electricity industry.

ENA's 23rd Annual Safety, Health and Environment conference heard from a wide range of speakers including the networks, the generating companies, unions and HSE. They celebrated the successes in recent years and looked at the challenges ahead.

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive of UK Power Networks, sponsors for this year’s conference, said:

"Safety is the golden thread that aligns the interests of employees with shareholders. It is paramount to individuals and critical to company's reputation. We need to keep our assets safe and our greatest assets are our people."

David Gartside, HSE Board Member, praised the work of Powering Improvement:

"Powering Improvement represents a very strong commitment to managing safety and the partnership approach has been key to delivering the success so far."

Dan Shears from the union GMB spoke of the importance of worker involvement to prevent incidents and praised ENA for holding such a good conference:

"Reducing injuries is a joint problem requiring a joint solution. Workplaces where the workforce are involved in taking health and safety decisions are safer and healthier. The great thing about Powering Improvement is that this principle is implicit in everything it tries to achieve."

Peter McCormick, Powering Improvement Co-ordinator at ENA spoke with passion about his commitment to the initiative:

"Every SHE manager wants to avoid the dreaded knock on the door where they have to explain that their family member won't be coming home that night. Your commitment to Powering Improvement must come from the heart."

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Tim Field MCIPR,
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
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