Hertel workforce is a safety example

Middlesbrough-based Hertel employs more than 2,500 staff and specialises in working at oil refineries, chemical plants, power stations and nuclear facilities

A Teesside construction and maintenance services company has racked up two million hours without incident.

Middlesbrough-based Hertel employs more than 2,500 staff and specialises in working at oil refineries, chemical plants, power stations and nuclear facilities.

The majority of hours were accrued at Wylfa power station on Anglesey, where Hertel’s workforce of 70 racked up more than 1.4 million hours without a recordable incident.

Kevin Williamson, Hertel regional manager, said: “We are overjoyed to reach two million hours without a lost-time incident.

“It is evidence of Hertel’s commitment to safety across the business that we are able to celebrate our achievements at Magnox.

“All Hertel colleagues work to the highest safety standards and within the best interests of their team and the client to ensure that everyone goes home safely.”

David Fitzsimons, Hertel UK and Ireland’s managing director, added: “Congratulations must go to everyone involved in achieving this momentous milestone.

“We understand that safe working is a constant and we will now look to build on this success.

It has just won its third major nuclear industry contract in the last year working at UK sites operated by Magnox Ltd.

Magnox is responsible for managing 10 of the UK’s first generation of nuclear power stations, and the new contract will involve Hertel providing scaffolding, mechanical and rope access, asbestos removal and insulation maintenance at sites over the next four years.

Hertel, which has worked with Magnox since 2005, will operate at Hunterston A, Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Dungeness A, Hinkley Point A, Trawsfynydd, Oldbury, Sizewell A, Wylfa in Anglesey.

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