Hertel’s safety landmark at Drax benefits Cancer Research UK


A team from Hertel UK has completed one million hours of incident-free working at the Drax Power Station and at the same time raised £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The 180-strong team has worked for three years to reach the one million hour landmark and in recognition of the achievement Hertel and the site owner Drax Power Limited have each given £500 to be donated to charity.

At Drax Power Station, Hertel provides contract maintenance services including access solutions, industrial cleaning, thermal insulation, corrosion protection and asbestos management. The safety achievement also includes work carried out during maintenance shutdowns.

The decision to make the donation to Cancer Research UK was a unanimous one. It marks the memory of a late colleague and recognises the specialist cancer treatment that two colleagues have been receiving while helping to support the many people who are touched by cancer. The cheque was handed over this week (8 January 2015) by (left to right) Dave Berry, Hertel UK and Ireland’s Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Manager; Sean Barry, Materials Handling Manager at Drax; to Cancer Research UK’s Rachel Speight-McGregor at a special presentation attended by the whole team.

Each member of the Hertel team also received a fleece from the company to commemorate the landmark of one million hours.

Paudie Somers, Hertel UK Operations Director, said: “To reach one million hours without any incident is a significant achievement. As a business, ‘Safety First’ is one of our core values and this is being demonstrated by the way everyone has contributed to creating a safe working environment for themselves, colleagues and others at the site.”

Peter Emery, Production Director at Drax added: “Health and safety is at the very heart of our business and protecting our employees, contractors and visitors is fundamental to our way of working. I am delighted that we are able to celebrate this landmark achievement, which is testament to the excellent working relationship that exists between Drax and Hertel.”

Rachel Speight-McGregor said: “The donation from Hertel’s Drax team is a fantastic gesture. The money will contribute to our work at Cancer Research UK to find ways to beat this disease.”

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