Sword of Honour Award

Walters UK Ltd are proud to be part of the Pembrokeshire Power Station project which was awarded not only the British Safety Council Five Star Audit Award, but their prestigious international health and safety award the “Sword of Honour”.

RWE Npower applied for the Five Star British Safety Council Audit in May 2011 for the project as a whole, normally these audits are for a specific company, but RWE Npower and Alstom Power Limited wanted recognition for all contractors working for the project. The £1 billion project, which is nearing completion, is expected to take 3 years to complete, culminating in the commissioning of the 2,000 MW, 5 unit combined cycle gas turbine power station. During peak construction, at the start of 2011, there were 2000 operatives on site, and the award was aimed at recognising the safety achievements of these workers and the companies that they represent.

In July the British Safety Council visited site to carry out the Five Star Audit, reviewing 5 key areas:

  • Safety Organisation
  • Management Control Systems
  • Emergency Control Systems
  • Management of Accidents, Incidents & Near Miss Reporting
  • Work place implementation

All contractors who were part of the project were encompassed in the audit, with various contractors (including Walters UK Ltd) having procedures, systems and on-site practice audited.

The project achieved an audit score of 98.64%, resulting in the award of the highest star rating; the Five Star Award, (maximum scores were gained in 47 of the 57 parameters audited). The British Safety Council gave a glowing report on the project praising commitment, resources, application of risk assessment, emergency response, and the positive H&S culture across the board.

The project then applied for and attained the highest British Safety Council Award, “The Sword of Honour”. The Sword was presented to the Pembroke Power Station Project at a ceremony in London on 1 December 2011.