Sir Moir safety award round table: part one

20th Feb 2018

In October last year, SOE gathered four entrants from the Sir Moir Lockhead Safety Award to the London offices to discuss their nominations in a competition that uncovered some incredible feats of engineering safety.

The first Sir Moir Lockhead Safety Award took place last year, attracting
nominees from all our professional sectors, each able to demonstrate a
safety initiative or innovation, a safety invention or for safety leadership.

Former SOE Patron Sir Moir (pictured right), a passionate and dedicated
advocate of safety in the workplace, chaired the meeting, giving each
nominee an opportunity to explain how their innovation has helped to deliver tangible improvements in their field.

The four participants were: Adrian Sims, CEO of Vent-Tech, Gary Thomas
from Wheely Safe, Phil Harley from Transport for London and crane specialist, Mike Ponsonby.

Going round the table, Adrian spoke first about the number of people falling ill from being exposed to hazardous substances in the workplace and the efforts he has made to design systems capable of reducing this threat. Adrian, a British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) lecturer, is active in developing industry-recognised courses on the design, testing and commissioning of LEV (local exhaust ventilation) systems, and spoke of the need to connect with the younger generation on safety.

Phil from TFL then explained his initiative and his leading role in the London Underground Escalator Passenger Safety Strategy (EPSS) programme, aimed at making travel on the Tube less dangerous. Phil and the team trialled 12 methods of encouraging safer use of the escalators, six of which were selected for targeted use on London Underground stations.

Gary described how his nomination for the award was linked to a number of revolutionary products on tyre and wheel safety, and how many are now being implemented worldwide.

Finally, Mike explained how the handbook he wrote - for safe lifting
operations using cranes – became the subject of the submission for the
award. Mike spoke about his unwavering commitment to the research of hundreds of preventable crane accidents around the world.

In part two, to be published in the next edition, we will read how plans are being made to continue these incredible initiatives and plans for the Sir Moir Lockhead Award 2018.

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