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Electricity engineer wins top safety award

Electricity engineer Simon Deeley was last night named Power Safety Person of the Year.

From Press releases - 20 May 2016 12:00 AM

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Electricity engineer Simon Deeley was last night named Power Safety Person of the Year.

Simon, who is based at the Bury St Edmunds office of UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, picked up the prize at the National Skills Academy for Power event in Glasgow last night.

The 44-year-old former firefighter, who lives in Debenham, Suffolk, was nominated after devising a driver awareness programme for all trainees and apprentices following the death of a colleague in a car accident.

Simon said: “In a previous job, I had held the hand of a dying young man following a car accident and I always wished to use that experience to influence others to drive safely.

"His death spurred me on to create the driver awareness programme at UK Power Networks and while I’m delighted to have received this recognition, I really just hope my driver awareness programme helps to keep my colleagues safe.”

Simon was nominated for the award by UK Power Networks’ trainee development manager John Haddon, who said: “The preparation for the awareness days by Simon was enormous, and the delivery to the apprentices and trainee engineers was not only thought-provoking but life changing.

“His inspirational driver awareness talks have been rolled out to other colleagues and attendees who have been influenced by his work and commitment and since this exercise, Simon has been offered a role in the health and safety team to continue his work, where he still aims to complete his other studies.”

Simon continues to pursue his passion for safety education at UK Power Networks where he is currently leading a safety innovation project.