Crane operator Sean Mason, 54 originally from Essex but now resident in Scotland, has become the first recipient of an on-site safety award at the Assel Valley Wind Farm in South Ayrshire, Scotland.
The site team of wind turbine manufacturer, Nordex, which is delivering the development for the UK subsidiary of Italian energy company Falck Renewables, have recognised Sean’s contribution to the Nordex Site Safety Observation Card initiative.
The initiative asks all on-site staff to fill in cards with their observations about the site’s safety with a weekly prize of a £50 retail voucher presented for the most important suggestion.
Immediately after his induction, Sean flagged up a risk at the welfare cabin close to the lift pad he was working at. Owing to its position, exiting the unit was difficult due to a large step down onto uneven ground. Sean raised the issue which was immediately rectified by the Nordex team.
Based in the Heavy Cranes Division at the Preston depot, Sean has worked with Ainscough for nine years after serving 25 years in the armed forces and 18 months as an HGV driver. Upon receiving the award, he said: “It is fantastic to receive this recognition for simply being vigilant and looking after myself and colleagues. People can take site safety for granted but what can seem like unimportant and innocuous detail can have huge impacts on people’s lives.
“It’s up to all of us to ensure we have a safe environment to work in and it is great that our customers incentivise on-site safety in this way.”
Ainscough Commercial Director Derek Gow said “we actively encourage the team to always Make the Safe Choice, we support the Nordex’s Site Safety approach, it’s great that Sean has been recognised for supporting the initiative”.
Ainscough Wind Energy Services are building 10 wind turbines for the Principle Contactor RJ McLeod and turbine manufacturer Nordex at the Assel Valley Wind Farm.