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Safety Initiative of the Year

In 2012, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) introduced a dedicated authorised persons (AP) training course covering all aspects of electrical safe systems of work.

Trainees are equipped to carry out vital safety checks on all BBES electrical installations. Participants are trained using dedicated 12v switchgear that mimics 415 volts – designed to give a detailed understanding of the range of electrical systems they will inspect.

BBES has made a commitment to achieving “zero harm” across its businesses. This means zero fatalities and zero permanently disabling injuries, and each business unit aims for zero accidents and injuries. It says that only by setting the highest standards can it retain the trust of its customers and the people using its infrastructure.

Zero harm means delivering on shared commitments, which include eliminating fatal risks, eliminating hazards, maintaining zero harm day to day, keeping the public safe from harm and working with customers.

BBES has now trained 250 employees to be APs and has a dedicated AP presence on every site that deals with the installation of electricity.