Fuel team in safety milestone

Derek McMillan, behavioural safety co-ordinator, Gary Turner and Mick Gornall, managing director at Springfields.

Derek McMillan, behavioural safety co-ordinator, Gary Turner and Mick Gornall, managing director at Springfields.

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A safety scheme at a Fylde nuclear fuels factory has passed a milestone.

Bosses at Westinghouse’s Springfields plant at Salwick have said more than 40,000 potential injuries have been avoided as a result of the safety initiative.

The Behavioural Safety Observation process was introduced at the site in June 1999 and the 40,000th safety observation has just been carried out.

The checks are done by trained colleagues on the correct safety equipment, tools and procedures, risk assessments and signs.

Safety co-ordinator Derek McMillan said: “This very successful process has evolved and been improved even further in the past few years.

“In addition to an observer carrying out a number of checks to ensure a task is being performed safely, they are now trained in a coaching role which enables them to discuss particular safety related aspects of a task with an operator.

“We’ve found this coaching approach to be much more effective than merely putting ticks in the right boxes.”

Springfields has more than 300 trained safety officers.

The landmark 40,000th observation was carried out by Gary Turner, who works in the site’s Residues and Waste Management Department.

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