The team from Hertel UK working at the Magnox’s Wylfa Site has registered more than 2 million man hours without a lost-time incident.
Dating back almost 12 years to August 2002, the safe working period has included 10 major shutdowns, when one of the station’s two reactors are taken down annually for an overhaul. There have also been more than 100 individual projects over this period.
These are in addition to the routine maintenance schedules Hertel works on and can see the core team of 60 grow to 100.
On the site Hertel provides a range of services including access, insulation, rope access, corrosion protection and asbestos management.
During the safe working period, the team at Wylfa has twice been awarded a British Safety Council five star rating and received its coveted Sword of Honour. In their report the Council’s inspectors commented: “the company delivers high risk activities which are controlled to an exceptional standard.”
The inspectors also said the standards of training and capabilities were contributory factors to reaching the highest safety standards. It also commented on the role the regular visits by senior management played in maintaining the standards.
Ian Fraser, Hertel’s Site Operations Manager at Wylfa, says: “It has been a real team effort to reach two million hours without a lost-time incident. Many of the team have been with us for years and are totally committed to meeting the highest standards which is reflected in this landmark.”
Hertel UK employs more than 2,500 and specialises in working at oil refineries, chemical plants, power stations and nuclear facilities.