OGN Group's oil and gas engineers digging deep for charity

Oil and gas engineers on Tyneside have raised more than £1,700 to help a flood-hit children's hospice get back up and running

Oil and gas engineers on Tyneside have raised more than £1,700 to help Zoe's Place
Oil and gas engineers on Tyneside have raised more than £1,700 to help Zoe's Place

OIL and gas engineers on Tyneside have raised more than £1,700 to help a flood-hit children’s hospice get back up and running.

Staff at Wallsend-based OGN Group raised the cash through a scheme which encourages safety in the workplace.

Under the Safety Incentive Scheme, created by OGN and Aberdeen-based Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Ltd, staff are rewarded for good working practices at their worksite.

Money is put into the scheme and at the end of every three months it is collected to be given to local causes.

There is a large list of criteria which the safety and management team follow, but as a simple example, if during the management safety yard walkaround, there are seen to be no trip hazards, money would be added to the pot.

The scheme is based on the safety performance achieved by the workforce on the Montrose Area Redevelopment Jacket project.

Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) is contracted for the engineering, procurement and fabrication of the oil and gas jacket, which will form part of a new bridge-linked platform within the Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) Project. The jacket weighs about 5,400 tonnes and measures 118 metres in length. The field lies some 130 miles east of Aberdeen in water depths of around 90 metres.

The donation to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough comes after a major flood that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in August last year. The flood was caused by a leaking water tank and the damage forced the hospice to close for several weeks. The hospice provides a ‘home from home’ environment for babies and infants up to five years old who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Craig Melville, deputy CEO and chief commercial officer at OGN, said “The Safety Incentive Scheme is a great way to promote safety in the workplace, but also has the added benefit of raising money for great causes such as Zoe’s Place.

“The scheme is something that we are very proud of and are looking forward to helping many more local charities in the future.”

OGN Group is an engineering, procurement and constructions specialist based in Hadrian Yard, Wallsend, North Tyneside. In addition to its staff raising money by working safely, they also nominate which causes receive the result of their fundraising efforts.

Mark Guidery, general manager at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, said: “We are very grateful to OGN and Talisman Sinopec for its kind donation. We would not be able to continue to operate without the efforts of the community.

“Taking into consideration the recession as well as the flood, we have needed help more than ever and it is great to be on our feet once again.”

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