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Safety campaigner wins national award

A UK Power Networks’ engineering assessor whose workplace accident turned him into a tireless safety campaigner has won a national safety award.

From Press releases - 23 June 2015 12:00 AM

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A UK Power Networks’ engineering assessor whose workplace accident turned him into a tireless safety campaigner has won a national safety award.

Lee Perkins, from Tolworth, was named Power Safety Person of the Year at the National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) People in Power Awards at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club. The awards rewarded individuals and teams for the highest standards of training and education.

Following a remarkable recovery from burns due to an electrical fault while working for another company in 2004 Lee became passionate about safety education. A persuasive safety envoy, he mentors young apprentices and other staff on the importance of following health and safety rules.

He said: “I felt proud to win this award. It was an emotional moment so I took a deep breath before taking to the stage. An accident affects the whole family and community so this award brought tears to my mum’s eyes because my wife and parents went through a lot.

“As you get older you want to help the next generation. That’s why I love working with apprentices, a new generation of people I can encourage in good habits. I urge them to double check everything. Nobody can say that with the same emotions I can because I know what can go wrong. It’s a great feeling guiding them as they prepare to be fully-fledged engineers.

“I’m not proud of my accident, but you can’t look back and you can’t change the past. I chose to channel that experience positively to help others. I don’t want anyone getting hurt and feel passionate about helping others. I’m a people person.

“My accident didn’t change me but our cultural and behavioural improvement programme, Stay Safe, has had a huge impact on my life. I feel this award belongs to the whole company and our safety director for driving ahead with our Stay Safe campaign.”

The People in Power Awards, part of the skills academy’s annual conference, recognise the outstanding achievements of colleagues working in the power sector. The awards celebrate the talent that exists in the power industry, while highlighting the importance of high quality training and the need to tackle skills challenges in the sector.

Nicki Hussain, head of the National Skills Academy for Power, said: “We have absolutely no hesitation in presenting the Power Safety Person of the Year Award to Lee Perkins. Through using his own experiences to help colleagues learn about the risks faced in the industry, Lee is a great example of how courage, positivity and a desire to support others can overcome adversity and make a positive impact. His commitment to health and safety education is unfaltering and he truly deserves to be recognised for this contribution to the success of the industry as a whole.” 

The National Skills Academy for Power is a collaboration of employers in the power sector who joined together to drive action on industry issues. The academy is part of the Energy and Utility Skills Group.