Torness apprentices are top for safety

EDF Energy apprentices, including two from Torness, have scooped second prize in a prestigious health and safety competition.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th October 2010, 8:47 am

Chris McGhee and Jason Bird, both Second-year apprentices are currently training at the VT Flagship Engineering Academy in HMS Sultan.

They were part of a team that won the Jack Bennett competition, which encourages entries showing good health and safety practices from businesses based in Hampshire.

The successful ‘Hydroplane Team’ consisted of Chris and Jason as well as eight other apprentices from other nuclear power sites in England.

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The EDF Energy apprentices entered the competition after spending time working on detailed maintenance processes for a Second World War submarine.

The submarines are housed at the Royal Navy’s submarine museum, and offer the apprentices a real test of their newly-learned skills.

Jason said: “We split the group into five teams of ten, assigned them different parts of the submarine and then asked them to draw up a detailed maintenance plan.

“The plans had to include health and safety considerations.”

Each of the apprentice teams entered the Hampshire County Council-organised competition and one team picked up second prize.

The judges singled out the Hydroplane team for excellent Gantt project charts, risk assessments, method statements, maintenance instructions, schedules and routines, as well as posters encouraging safety and good housekeeping.

As the apprentices have now returned to their home sites for the third and fourth years of the programme.

Torness Station director Paul Winkle said: “What an excellent achievement - Chris and Jason are only in their second year and are already showing how important a safety first attitude is.”

Jason added: “The standard of all the entries from the apprentice was very, very high but these guys just nudged ahead.

“We are going to be entering again next year, but this time we want first place so the pressure’s on our latest second-years.”