Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognized at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen. The annual awards ceremony, jointly organized by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by Total, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies striving to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK continental shelf (UKCS).
Matt Abraham, health, safety, and environment and supply chain director for Oil & Gas UK, said, “Recognizing the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond in the name of maintaining safe operations across our industry is critically important. We continually strive to ensure the UKCS remains one of the safest basins to do business in the world, and I’d like to say a heartfelt ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to all our winners, finalists, and entrants in playing an important part in helping us achieve this.”
Finalists were considered for six awards: Safety Leadership, Workforce Engagement, Innovation in Safety, Safety Representative of the Year, Operational Integrity, and Maritime Safety.
Speakers at the event included Jean-Luc Guiziou, managing director of Total E&P UK, and workforce speaker Mike Scotland, a roustabout with Atlas Professionals and an elected safety representative.
Commenting on the awards, Guiziou said, “Safety is vital for the offshore industry. We need to work together when it comes to safety and share our experiences of the risk and challenge. It’s also important that we recognize when companies and individuals get it right and share that best practice. Total is delighted to sponsor these awards, and I offer our congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for an award.”
After hearing pitches from each of the finalists, the winners for each award were voted on by attendees at the awards ceremony using an interactive format.
Steve Rae, executive director of Step Change in Safety, said, “It’s heart-warming to see the ingenuity, critical thinking, and effort that has gone into the finalists’ award submissions here today. These awards provide an engaging and collaborative platform which brings together like-minded individuals and teams who all share a tangible passion for ensuring that safe operations remain central to everything they do. The contributions of all our finalists are commendable and demonstrate that opportunities still exist within our industry to continually enhance our approach to improving safety.”
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