TVO’s Ashley Back scoops prestigious SHE&W award

TVO SHE award Ashley Back

A Team Van Oord employee has been named the winner of a prestigious new health and safety award presented by the Environment Agency.

Ashley Back, Project Manager, is the recipient of the inaugural WEM Safety, Health, Environment and Wellbeing (SHE&W) Annual Excellent Behaviours Award, which was presented at the Environment Agency’s 2018 Project Excellence Awards ceremony on 21 March.

While this was the first time the SHE&W Excellent Behaviours Award was presented at the Project Excellence Awards, it has been running for the past two years and presented on a quarterly basis.

Over the last four quarters 50 people have received the Excellent Behaviours Award. For the new annual award each partner in the WEM framework was asked to shortlist one individual from the quarterly winners to be considered for the annual award.

Steven Nicholls, the Environment Agency’s WEM Supplier Relationship Manager, said:

“We created this award for WEM framework partners because we recognised that the continual support, guidance and nurturing of our staff is required if we want to create a positive and vibrant safety, health, environment and wellbeing culture.

“Across the framework, we have many examples of staff showing visionary leadership, people going that extra mile to ensure that they and others are kept safe and well.”

Ashley Back was selected as winner for demonstrating exemplary health safety and wellbeing behaviours at the Selly Park North flood alleviation scheme, which ran into difficulties when a 42inch strategic water main was discovered during the construction of a 2.4m diameter tunnel.

TVO SHE awards

Ashley immediately recognised the implications to tunnelling operations, pulled together a team of experts to develop a highly innovative solution, communicated technical information in a clear and concise manner across the project team and beyond, and established processes to ensure the safe delivery of the works.

Phil Ramsay, Team Van Oord National Framework Manager, said:

“At Team Van Oord we strive to achieve an exemplary health and safety record and take a proactive approach to implementing best safety practice.

“We believe that communication and good planning is key to good health and safety performance.

“At Selly Park North Ashley took a ‘Beyond Zero’ approach to the development and implementation of the solution which minimised risk and eliminated the potential for harm to the operatives.

“We congratulate him on winning this award – his approach to dealing with the situation he was confronted with is a shining example to colleagues at Team Van Oord and others in the wider WEM Framework.”

The two runners up for the award were Steve Livingstone from JacksonHyder and Larry Hughes from BMM JV.


16 April 2018