Safety first as Trant awarded 34th consecutive gold

Testwood Photo - RoSPA Award

September 01, 2022

Multi-disciplinary contractor Trant Engineering has officially been recognised as an industry leader in health and safety practice for the 34th consecutive year.

The firm, which works for blue-chip clients in high-risk environments, was presented with the Patron’s Award by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Just 26 companies globally are recipients of the special award. To be eligible, each achieved a minimum of 25 consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards.

The Patron’s Award recognition means Trant Engineering, which employs 800 staff and field personnel across the UK and overseas, is one of only two companies in the UK to have received 34 consecutive awards by RoSPA for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

ExxonMobil’s Esso Petroleum Company, at Fawley oil refinery near Southampton, is the other.

Serving in the sectors of energy, nuclear, oil & gas and water & wastewater process, Trant Engineering delivers total engineering solutions - from design and installation to commissioning and handover - as principal designer and principal contractor

Primarily working at live operating plants, the firm provides civil, mechanical, electrical, process, control engineering and construction expertise.

Gerry Somers is Trant Engineering’s Managing Director, headquartered at Rushington, near Southampton, Hampshire.

He said: “Our health and safety performance is paramount, underscoring everything we do here at Trant Engineering.

“To be recognised with a 34th consecutive award by RoSPA stands testament to the work by our colleagues across the UK and internationally in keeping everyone as safe as possible in the high-risk environments we operate in, from power stations to oil refineries.

“Our commitment to wellbeing, prevention and zero accidents in health and safety is rightly relentless, with the constant review and updating of procedures to ensure best practice.

“We want staff and contractors to return home safely to their families each day – our progressive health and safety objectives always have that at the forefront of minds.”

Gerry added: “As our clients are in ‘critical’ industries, keeping the UK’s lights, heating and water on, we were required to operate at as normal levels as possible throughout 2021 despite the challenges of the pandemic.

“Staff again displayed extraordinary levels of conscientiousness and discipline, accepting their personal responsibilities and those to their colleagues throughout those trying times.

“Also, as part of our proactive ethos, staff are encouraged to report positive suggestions and hazards.”

Along with a wide range of actions, toolbox talks are conducted weekly with the workforce, along with risk reviews of planned activities to support the risk management process.

Trant Engineering, established near Southampton in 1958 by the late Phil Trant and with a turnover of £136m, works on long-term framework contracts and capital expenditure projects in the UK, Singapore, Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and Channel Islands.

Clients include ExxonMobil, Southern Water, the Ministry of Defence, Portsmouth Water, National Grid, Wessex Water and Magnox.

RoSPA stated: “Our RoSPA Awards is one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world with almost 2,000 entries every year, nearly 50 countries and a reach of over seven million employees. Our health and safety awards are truly global and open to teams and companies from anywhere in the world.”

RoSPA’s patron is The Queen.