Safety award for telent rail senior operations manager

Lee Clinton, Senior Operations Manager, telent Rail, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the West of Scotland Branch of IOSH. The awards, for non-safety professionals, recognise those considered to make valuable contributions to safety in their organisations.

Lee is responsible for the installation and commissioning of the radio infrastructure for telent on the RETB Next Generation Radio Signalling project, currently being deployed in Scotland on the West Highland Line and Far North Line on behalf of Network Rail.

The deployment involves dealing with many hazards: working at height, working with electricity, off-road driving to exposed hillside locations and receiving large deliveries of equipment, materials and people. The work is often hampered by poor mobile reception and extreme weather conditions.

Lee put together a carefully thought out plan, identifying and planning for risks in order to ensure the safety of his team. The plan included training for the environment, professional off road driving courses, regular vehicle inspections, additional special PPE requirements and issue of Personal Locator Beacons. The telent team also worked with Mountain Rescue representatives when dealing with the highest Network Rail Asset, located at the top of White Corries in the Cairngorms.

Brian Beck, Environment Manager, Safety and Sustainable Development for Network Rail, said “I was delighted to support Lee’s nomination and sponsor him throughout the IOSH nomination process. Having worked in the same location myself, I am only too aware of the daily challenges presented by the location and conditions.”

On Lee’s success, Philip de Silva, General Manager, Radio Systems for telent Rail, said “Lee has, again, demonstrated that thorough planning is key to maintaining an excellent safety record in hazardous environments. We’re thrilled Lee’s meticulous consideration for the safety of his team has been recognised by IOSH.”

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