National Grid Safety Excellence Award for Trant Engineering

NATIONAL AWARD: From left, Ian Cartwright, Director, Capital Delivery, National Grid, Gerry Somers, Trant Engineering Managing Director (UK), and Nicola Shaw, Executive Director, National Grid.

October 02, 2019

National Grid, one of the world’s largest publicly listed utilities focused on transmission and distribution of electricity and gas, has presented Trant Engineering with an award for excellence in safety performance.

The award, open to all members of National Grid’s supply chain in the UK, celebrates outstanding health and safety at sites.

Trant Engineering worked 52,183 hours over 12 months without serious incident at electricity, gas and integrated security solutions (ISS) construction sites.

National Grid presented the award to Gerry Somers, Trant Engineering Managing Director (UK), at National Grid’s CEO Safety Forum in London.

Afterwards, Emma Ford, Head of Construction - ISS, Capital Delivery, National Grid, explained why infrastructure build specialist Trant Engineering deserved the award.

She said: “Trant sites are extremely well kept and they take pride of them, from the moment you arrive at the sites.

“Measures they take include ensuring their security staff are discussing safety with visitors, as soon as they are given entry, and reminding them about the golden rules. The sites have excellent housekeeping.”

Alistair Parker, Energy Director, Trant Engineering, said: “We’ve been working closely with National Grid for 25 years, with a total and unwavering commitment to the health, safety and welfare of our employees, client and the public. The award is testament to this ethos.

“As you can appreciate, Trant Engineering works in challenging environments at electricity and gas facilities, where there are a myriad of hazards above and below ground.

“We therefore have to make sure that our health and safety performance is second to none, including the rolling out of an extensive behavioural safety programme across all sectors.

“We are grateful to National Grid for the award, which is very much in recognition of the positive safety culture engendered by all staff here at Trant Engineering and our supply chain partners.”

The multi-disciplinary contractor, which was established 61 years ago, has 1,000 staff and a turnover in excess of £130 million.

It is the latest industry safety award for Trant Engineering, which has won 31 consecutive annual awards for safety performance from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

In a rare distinction, the privately-owned firm has also been awarded RoSPA’s Sir George Earle Trophy, described as the pinnacle of the safety awards scheme, on two occasions.

Trant Engineering works at dozens of operations sites across the UK, Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and Channel Islands, as well as Singapore and Nepal.