Peel Ports Celebrates Safety Record


Graham Construction has announced it has recorded one million man hours free of RIDDOR notable incidents while building a biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool for Peel Ports.

RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) requires employers to report to the relevant authority any work related accidents and incidents of a certain nature.

 The construction opened in 2015 with the first phase of the US$129 million development, and further phases are due in the upcoming months.

The terminal already handles up to three million tonnes of wood pellets a year to supply Drax power station in Yorkshire, with shipments direct from the port by train.

Paul Scott, Contractors Director for Graham Construction, said: “Safety is one of our core values with the aim of ensuring all staff on our projects remains free from harm or ill health as a result of their work. 

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“We firmly believe that good safety statistics are as a result of diligent planning, effective supervision and management, trusted supply chain partners and a trained and competent workforce.  

“It’s absolutely essential to have realistic timescales, achievable standards and expectations, and attention to detail throughout both the design and build phases. 

“We also place a lot of store by the relationship we have with our client, Peel Ports, who have approached this project in the spirit of partnership and always maintained an open door policy with us to make sure we’re all communicating effectively.”

Peel Ports’ Project Director Garry Sharpe said: “Reaching a million man-hours without a RIDDOR reportable incident is a phenomenal achievement by Graham Construction and their supply chain partners. 

“Graham’s management team have driven a culture of safety awareness, with a strong focus on the basics, using risk assessment and method statement as the foundation to all activities.

“Particular credit has to go to Alan Wallace, Stevie Collins and Chris Murphy for putting a proactive health and safety approach at the heart of the project and for ensuring the safety of not only their team, but that of Peel Ports, in a joint construction and operational environment.”  

Peel Ports recently announced its partnership with the North of England’s four main ports to create jobs and boost prosperity for the region, including the Port of Liverpool.

Fact File: Peel Ports handles 70 million tonnes of cargo every year. It is headquartered in Liverpool and employs around 1,200 staff. Peel Ports is part of the Peel Group, one of the UK’s foremost privately owned investment enterprises. 

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