Hertel marks five million hours safety landmark at Stanlow with charity donation


The team from Hertel UK working at Essar Oil UK’s refinery at Stanlow in Cheshire is celebrating after becoming the first contractor to reach the landmark of five million hours without a lost-time incident.

The landmark includes contract maintenance work and planned shutdowns covering a range of services including access solutions, thermal insulation, corrosion protection, asbestos management and mechanical.

Paudie Somers, Operations Director, says: “To reach five million hours and not to have had a lost-time incident at Stanlow since March 2008 is a fantastic achievement. These landmarks are only reached because the team has remained focused on maintaining the highest safety standards for themselves, colleagues and others at the site. It shows the importance of remaining vigilant and never becoming complacent about safety in the harsh environments in which we work.”

Nigel Keech, Essar Oil UK’s Engineering Manager at Stanlow, adds: “Hertel has achieved the significant milestone of five million hours without a lost time injury which can be attributed to the dedication and commitment of all employees from the shop floor to senior management to be safe. Essar appreciates working closely with Hertel and other business partners as we learn together and from each other about what makes a positive difference in safety.”

To celebrate, Hertel has given the team £1,000 to donate to charity. The team has decided to split this between STEPS, which supports those with lower limb conditions such as club foot and hip conditions; and Crohn’s and Colitis UK, which helps sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease.

The Stanlow team selected the charities after they were nominated by three team members as a thank you for the help and support given to those who have the conditions. Paul Jones, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Advisor, chose STEPS on behalf of his partner who suffers from club foot; and Crohn’s and Colitis UK was selected by signwriter Adam Eaton for the support provided to his sister and mother who both suffer with Crohn’s and have had major surgeries over the last 12 months, and Mick O’Donnell, a Mechanical Supervisor, whose son has suffered from Colitis for over 25 years.

At a presentation, attended by the whole team at Stanlow, John Salkeld, Hertel’s Regional Director, handed over the cheques to Ian Caldwell from Crohn’s and Colitis UK and Hertel’s Paul Jones, who accepted the donation on behalf of STEPS.

Sam Afhim, Director of Income Generation at Crohn’s and Colitis UK, says: “I have been constantly inspired by the ways people touched by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) wish to support the work of our charity. We are delighted to have been nominated to receive this generous donation by two employees, whose families have been affected by these diseases, and we will make sure it benefits people affected by these life-long conditions.  I would also like to congratulate Hertel UK on their stunning safety record – huge well done to all involved.”

Ruth Bootland of STEPS adds: “We are grateful to Hertel UK for this generous donation. STEPS relies on donations to run our national helpline and give vital support for anyone affected by hip dysplasia, club foot or other lower limb conditions. With thousands of cases every year in the UK, this support means we can ensure that parents receive the best help, information and support that they need.”

Each member of the Hertel team received a commemorative fleece from the company to mark the landmark of five million hours.

Two charities receive donations to celebrate Hertel reaching it safety landmark at Stanlow. Accepting the cheque on behalf of STEPS is Paul Jones, Hertel’s HSEQ Advisor at Stanlow from (l to r) Stephen Salkeld, Hertel’s General Manager at Stanlow and John Salkeld, Hertel UK’s Regional Director, whilst Ian Caldwell of Crohn’s & Colitis UK receives a cheque from Martin Crump, Hertel’s Services Team Leader at the refinery. 

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