Raising a glass to a safety job well done

Bruce Durham receives an award at the Northumberland Business Awards from Phil Langton of NBSL.
Bruce Durham receives an award at the Northumberland Business Awards from Phil Langton of NBSL.

The director of a north Northumberland-based business has raised a glass to success, after assisting a world-renowned drinks brand with its safety performance.

Bruce Durham is toasting a job well done after his firm, Azea Limited, was chosen to deliver a safety awareness session to more than 250 employees at the new Guinness site in Dublin, Ireland.

The Amble-based company was asked to carry out the class after past successes with other large companies, such as Balfour Beatty and Amec.

Mr Durham said: “It’s an awesome achievement considering they could have gone anywhere in the world for this type of assistance but, due to our record, they chose to engage with us, and we have had fantastic feedback.

“To be approached by the principle contractor on the basis of what we have done for other companies lets me know that we are achieving recognition on the international stage.

“We are now getting regular approaches from some of the biggest names in industry to assist them in enhancing their employees’ safety performance, due to the results that we consistently achieve for other large clients.”

The safety awareness session was also for the three main contractors for the Guinness site – Diageo, John Sisk Builders and Krones – who wanted to improve on what Mr Durham said was ‘an already excellent culture towards safety’.

The main theme was to motivate the employees to report near misses and also good practice, so that both can be acted upon to improve the performance of the site.

Kevin Comming, the CDM coordinator for the site, said: “I have never seen as much engagement with our operatives as Bruce created.

“They enjoyed what Bruce was delivering, at times they were roaring with laughter, but they all listened and what he said made sense.”

For Azea details, visit www.azea.co.uk.