A leading union representative has been honored for his “outstanding contribution” to the North Sea’s oil and gas industry.
Jake Molloy, regional organiser at RMT, was given the award to mark the 20th anniversary of Step Change in Safety.
The Offshore Safety Awards committee said Aberdeen based Mr Molloy had “championed safety throughout his career”
He has been on the Step Change in Safety leadership team for 10 years.
The committee said during this time he has always been “outspoken and fundamentally committed to safety and workforce engagement”.
Mr Molloy was presented with his award at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen yesterday (WED).
Maersk Oil chief operating officer, Martin Rune Pedersen, and offshore worker and award-winning safety rep, Stuart Mann, who was representing Step Change in Safety’s G18 committee of elected safety reps, also gave speeches.
Attendees also heard ‘pitches’ from each finalist about their nomination in an event format designed to aid sharing and learning.
The Chevron-sponsored Award for Safety Leadership, which recognises motivational leaders who have had a positive impact on workplace safety, was awarded to Kevin Mitchell, offshore intervention team leader at ConocoPhillips.
The committee said Mr Michtell has been an “integral” part of the offshore well intervention team which has now achieved 14 years without a recordable incident.
Safety representative of the year – sponsored by Wood Group – was won by Tommy Timms, offshore technician at Nexen Petroleum UK in recognition of his role as an “enthusiastic and committed” representative who is furthering the safety agenda at their worksite.
Mr Timms, who won the award last year, supports the crew of the Golden Eagle installation by sharing weekly safety messages and ensuring two-way communication between management and staff.
Bureau Veritas sponsored this year’s innovation in safety award, which was presented to Peterson in recognition of their efforts to put in place a process or technique which has improved safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
Peterson has created a range of interconnected digital logistics tools, which have allowed for improvements in safety procedures and provided cost savings.
The award for workforce engagement – sponsored by Halliburton – was won by team DSV Bibby Topaz for their commitment to worker involvement in safety and an improvement in safety performance.
The team on the DSV Bibby Topaz responded to workforce feedback from a recent safety culture survey. They used this information to positively enhance Bibby Offshore’s safety leadership in action programme.
Aker Solutions sponsored this year’s operational integrity award, which was collected by Centrica in recognition of their increased efficiency and understanding of risks through sensible and proportionate risk management solutions.
Bob Taylor and the asset integrity DROPS campaign team at Centrica act as a ‘fast response’ team to address damage or wear to jacket structures/topsides which are nearing the end of their design life, guarding against incidents and dropped objects and rectifying issues with new resources at their disposal.
The award for Sharing and Learning – sponsored by Centrica – was presented to BP North Sea Aviation Team for demonstrating learning and sharing culture within their organisation and/or making a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with, Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.
BP’s North Sea Aviation Team has developed, created and shared an animation which demonstrates the effects and dangers of helicopter downdraft and increases workforce understanding around this phenomenon.
Mick Borwell, health safety and environment policy director, Oil and Gas UK said: “We heard details of some really great safety initiatives and it must have been a tough call for our judges and those voting at the event to come to their final decisions. We always say safety is a core value for our industry but our event actually demonstrates that, and all our finalists should be proud of the part they are playing in keeping our people safe.”
Les Linklater, executive director of Step Change in Safety, added: “Every year we see an increase in innovation and dedication to safety offshore. This year’s winners and finalists have shown that if you think outside the box there are practices, procedures and innovations which enhance the safety of those working in our industry. We are delighted that this year’s awards were so well received and I’d like to thank the nominees, finalists and winners for playing their part in helping us progress towards making the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry.”