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24th January 2019



2018 finished in exemplary style for Ainscough Crane Hire’s team at the Valero refinery in Pembroke, South Wales.

Pembroke refinery is one of Europe’s largest and most complex refineries, and makes products including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and petrochemical feedstocks.

Ainscough Crane Hire has worked at Pembroke for well over a decade and is one of 16 ‘nested’ companies at the refinery, meaning it has a highly skilled and experienced team based permanently on site.

Ainscough runs a number of cranes at the refinery which range in lifting capacity and enable the team to play an essential role in day to day maintenance operations and project work on the plant.

The team’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safety and providing a quality service to the client was recently rewarded with a certificate recognising the team’s exemplary score in the 2018 Contractor League KPI Table.

Ainscough Crane Hire achieved the certificate by demonstrating very high standards of compliance, no recordable injuries, and by suggesting new ways of working and other innovations that helped improve efficiency and safety at the refinery.

The image on the right shows the certificate being awarded to Kris Owen, Ainscough Crane Hire’s On-Site Valero Team Crane Manager.

To the right of Kris is Ed Tomp (VP & General Manager, Valero), and to his left are Karen Muehlbauer (Director of Environmental and Safety Affairs, Valero) and Richard Allen (Director Central Maintenance, Valero).

In addition to this, Ainscough Crane Hire also recently had an individual employee recognised as a ‘VPP star player’ for going above and beyond with their efforts. Paul Gould was rewarded for using his Stop Work Authority to halt work when he suspected an operation taking place on site by another contractor was not safe and suggested a more secure way for it proceed.

Paul Sullivan, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Cardiff depot manager, said: “These two awards are testament to the hard work, diligence, and commitment to safety that our team at Pembroke demonstrate on a daily basis.

“Regarding our excellent score on the 2018 Contractor League KPI Table, I would especially like to congratulate Kris Owen, who does a sterling job maintaining high standards on a complex site. I would also like to pay tribute to Paul Gould for using his initiative to stop a potentially dangerous operation – his VPP Star Player award was very well deserved.

“We are proud to have worked at the refinery for over a decade, but are committed to continually improving standards and delivering the best, and safest, service to our client that we possibly can.”

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