Health & Safety Excellence Awards 2017

Africa division honoured with two awards at annual event in the UK

At Babcock, we believe that excellence in health and safety should be upheld throughout the year. The purpose of the annual Health & Safety Excellence Awards is to recognise the exceptional efforts of individuals and teams in ensuring that we all go "home safe every day". The awards are first held locally and thereafter selected winners from the local awards are nominated to participate in the International awards held in the UK.

The Africa division 2017 winners are:

Individual Achievement Award - Pieter Jansen van Rensburg for drawing on his pride, passion for safety and humour when it comes to creating a memorable demonstration of the principles of our Safety Lens Programme.

Team Achievement Award - Kendal Power Station Team for achieving a successful DQS Audit, zero DIIR (Disabling Injury Incident Rate) and 490 days/1.6 million hours without a single LTI (Lost Time Incident).

Customer Engagement Award - Renier Swanepoel and Bruce Moyo (Power Station Manager - Eskom Matla) for motivating and encouraging employees to strive towards overall safety performance on-site.

Best Safety Programme Award - Site Orientation Programme by Leon Coetser and team (Anel Grove, Chanel Willers, Christo De Beer, Eugene Penny, Gert De Beer, Jeffrey Rivombo, Johan Stoltz, Leon Perkins, Lucky Khoza and Renier Swanepoel). Under Leon’s mentorship and supervision an improved orientation process was developed which has since become the new standard. 

Outstanding Safety Leadership Award - Michael Hawkins for his invaluable experience when it comes to conducting safe critical lifts. Michael insists on a dry run that serves as a practical risk assessment. Under his leadership, the Heavy Lift department has had a zero incident rate.

Environmental Award - Keith du Toit for his innovative solution to save and recycle water at our Botswana offices, where the country is experiencing severe drought conditions. 

Health & Wellbeing Programme Award - Gert De Beer for championing a feeding scheme to provides a warm meal at the start of each day. Gert not only implemented the programme but gets in early to make and distribute the porridge.

Product Safety Award - Field Service Vehicle Project by Conrad Geyer (Jnr) and Attie Pruis. Conrad and Attie saw an opportunity to provide customers with an on-site maintenance solution and equipped a vehicle with mechanical and hydraulic equipment, engine, oil and greasing systems, lighting plant for night repairs, power packs, toolboxes and a cage to transport hydraulic cylinders.

This year’s Chief Executives Award went to Keith du Toit. The Africa winners of the Environmental & Team Awards also placed first in their categories at the international awards. Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing more exceptional work in the future.

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