Community benefits from year of safety success

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Sep 2016

STAFF at the world's second largest titanium dioxide producer, Cristal Stallingborough, have celebrated a year of having no incidents on site.

As part of the celebration, Cristal and contractor Hertel donated £1,000 to St Andrew's Hospice.

Cristal site manager Andy Hindson said: "It is a great pleasure to be able to donate to this charity. Cristal's £500 donation came out of their own budget and was matched by the contractor Hertel. The guys who work here on the shop floor then sat down and discussed which charity they'd like the money to go too and they chose St Andrew's Hospice."

Regional manager for Hertel, John Potts, said: "This is my third safety event like this in a few months. It's a fantastic achievement for all. It's great to see people looking after themselves, colleagues and others who don't work on site and it's great we are able to give back into the community as well."

St Andrew's Hospice representative Lauren Alexander thanked those involved and also explained how their donation would be spent, underlining how it can fund therapy for 20 patients. "You may think this will be hair, nails and make-up, it will in fact be reiki, a treatment that will send patients into a deep sleep and allow them to be completely pain-free during that time," she said.

Wearing specially printed t-shirts, workers were praised by Gavin Jones a representative for Cristal's safety department and Dave Stead, health safety environment and quality manager. Mr Stead said: "You've made it through the last 12 months without so much as a single first aider being called which is unheard of. You're the ones who make the decisions so well done in keeping yourselves and colleagues safe."

Mr Hindson added: "Three and a half years ago we hit hard times but everyone has put a little more effort in and it's good to see people sharing an interest. After all this is people's livelihood and there's a much more positive approach."

Those present congregated on stage while Tom Furnell, scaffold labourer, presented Lauren with a £1,000 cheque.

She added: "We are always extremely grateful to people looking after their community. Sites in Grimsby and surrounding areas are always good for doing this and it's really appreciated."

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