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10 QUESTIONS


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Q1. Q2.


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?


Pipeline Test Engineer.


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE


HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY?


By accident, no pun intended. In a previous job we had an injury whilst out on a remote facility and it was clear that we didn’t know what to do in the event of an emergency. During the incident review it became evident that we hadn’t correctly evaluated and mitigated the risks of the tasks. I volunteered to do a review of the procedures and my safety career was born.


Q3.


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DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?


I admire firefighters. Humans have a natural defence mechanism when faced with danger, so it takes a special kind of person to operate in some of the most extreme environments going, forsaking their own health, safety and wellbeing for others every time they enter a burning building.


58 Q4. Q5.


IF MONEY WAS NO


ETHATA WOULD YOU BUY?


Aston Martin DB9 V12. What a machine!


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE


THE HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY?


Health and safety does not have to be complicated. I would cut out the reams of red tape and overbearing bureaucracy - coupled with employing a common sense approach, I feel it would significantly improve the country’s health and safety dynamic.


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WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE


WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE?


I guess I wanted to be a member of the A-Team.


WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?


I like to go clay pigeon shooting, walking with my two dogs and watching my beloved Leeds United - lately this does not constitute as unwinding but it gets the heart pumping!


Q8.


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PARTY WITH ANY THREE ELEEAALE WITH ONE OTHER PERSON ATHETHE PERSON PROVIDING THE SHLTHEY BE AND WHY?


The Chef would be Michelle Roux Jr., I would love to critique his food as he does on Masterchef. Music would be by Jimi Hendrix...he really does make that guitar sing. First guest would be Jeremy Clarkson as he’s a fantastic entertainer. Second guest would be Stephen Fry, just because I think he is the most intelligent person alive. Third guest would be the Duke of Edinburgh as I would love to understand what goes through his mind.


Q9.


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FUTURE OF THE HEALTH & SAFETY INDUSTRY?


I think it is a growth industry - clients and subcontractors alike need to have safe working environments to operate in.


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Every issue, we will be asking a Health & Safety professional the Tomorrow’s Health & Safety 10 Questions. This issue, we chatted to Chris Abbey, Head of HSEQ – UK and Ireland for Hertel UK Ltd


Darran G Yates MBICSc Safety Health, Environment, Quality and Training Director and Corporate Social Responsibility Director for IDG Holdings, Indepth Managed Services and Uniloads Ltd asks...


Q10.


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YOU THE MOST IN YOUR H&S ROLE AND WHY?


Managing Health & Safety in Construction (CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS 2007). At the time it was published I was responsible for the safe design and construction of a few new-build power stations and the book became like a bible as CDM07 had come out but wasn’t really embedded in the company mind-set or systems.


Check out the next issue to see what Chris asked our next industry professional....


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