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Elite safety accreditation for UK Power Networks Services “sets example in sector”

UK Power Networks Services staff are celebrating today after being awarded an elite safety accreditation.

From Press releases - 7 July 2016 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks Services staff are celebrating today after being awarded an elite safety accreditation.

Experts at industry safety leader Safecontractor have awarded the accreditation to UK Power Networks Services, which runs power infrastructure for clients including rail networks and airports, for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

The distinction is the result of a three-month process and shows UK Power Networks Services is leading the way in the sector, as well as giving clients important reassurances about risk management.

Experts from Safecontractor took a magnifying glass to practices at UK Power Networks Services, vetting its safety procedures and examining its track record, before deciding the demanding criteria were met.

Safecontractor’s technical director, John Kinge explained why the accreditation is important for businesses and clients.

He said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that UK Power Networks Services has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.”

Lucy Innes, a safety expert at UK Power Networks, said: “As a business we are very proud to have gained this accreditation, which ensures clients can be confident of our high commitment to safety. It also helps create a better working environment for all our colleagues. We are always striving to improve our practices.”

Under the accreditation scheme, more than 210 big companies have signed up to commit to hire only contractors which are in possession of the prestigious accreditation, via a database of approved practitioners.