Hertel’s safety record at refinery benefits soldiers’ charity


A second consecutive year without any safety incidents has been celebrated by the Hertel team working at the Total Lindsey Oil Refinery with a £1,000 donation to charity.

To celebrate the two year landmark, representing almost 250,000 hours, the team received £500 from Hertel, matched by the site owner Total, to be donated to charity.

The team agreed to donate the money to ABF The Soldiers Charity, the British Army’s national charity since 1944, after it was nominated by Wayne Shiels, a scaffolder working for Hertel at the site.

Wayne is a Colour Sergeant in the Territorial Army Reserve with the 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. He is proud that Hertel’s achievement is being used for a charity, close to his heart, which provides financial support for serving and retired soldiers who are in need.

The £1,000 cheque was handed over at a special presentation, attended by the whole Hertel team, at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery by Paudie Somers and Jacques Beuckelaers to Major (Retired) Nick Bodian, the charity’s Regional Director East Midlands.

Paudie Somers, Hertel UK Operations Director, said: “‘Safety First’ is one of Hertel’s core values and everyone is contributing to creating a safe working environment for themselves, colleagues and others at the site. The team at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery has a real determination to reach the highest safety standards as is shown by this achievement.”  

Jacques Beuckelaers, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery’s General Manager, added: “The management team at LOR are delighted to be able to recognise a second successive year of safe working by the whole Hertel team based at the refinery. They have shown how a team can work effectively together and we have every confidence that they can sustain this over the coming months and years!”

Each member of the Hertel team also received a commemorative fleece from the company to celebrate the landmark.

Commenting on the donation, Major (Retired) Nick Bodian said: “The charity is extremely grateful that the Hertel team at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery has chosen us to receive this significant donation in recognition of reaching the two year safety milestone. ABF The Soldier’s Charity will use the money to continue to provide a lifetime of support for all serving and retired, regular and reservist, soldiers, and their families.”  

Hertel provides a range of disciplines at the refinery including access services, thermal insulation, and corrosion protection.


Paudie Somers, Hertel UK Operations Director (front left) presents the cheque (left to right) to ABF The Soldiers Charity’s Nick Bodian with Wayne Shiels, Scaffolder and Colour Sergeant and Jacques Beuckelaers, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery’s General Manager, in a presentation attended by the whole team.

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