Richard Wheeler wins Skanska safety award

Richard Wheeler wins Skanska safety award

Skanska has presented an Injury-Free Environment (IFE) award to HSQE manager Richard Wheeler.

The award acknowledges Richard’s work on to keep everyone safe on several Skanska sites, including Waterloo, A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme and HS2.

The award reads:

Richard Wheeler's IFE award certificate“Passion for and ongoing support of IFE, and his delivery of IFE orientations in a way that people relate to.”

Richard delivers IFE sessions to numerous sites and projects around the UK. Sessions are open to any member of the workforce – people don’t have to work for VGC to benefit from the training.

He said: “It is a real honour to receive this award – thank you.

“Skanska’s IFE is closely supported by VGC’s Be Safe by Choice programme. What we are all focusing on is looking out for each other to make sure everyone goes home safely after every shift.”

John Hannan, HSQE director, said: “Richard is a first-class safety professional. He is indeed passionate about promoting safety across all client sites and VGC projects. I am delighted that he has been recognised in this way.”

HSQE manager Richard Wheeler delivering safety training
Richard delivering safety training on the A14 C2H project

Skanska Infrastructure managing director Andrew English presented Richard with his IFE award at the Zero Accident Forum (photograph above) on 2 October. The awards marked 10 years of Skanska’s Injury-Free Environment (IFE) initiative. They celebrated people who have gone ‘above and beyond’ to eliminate injuries from the work environment, or acted in line with the Skanska value of ‘care for life’.

The Zero Accident Forum is a chance to learn about new technology and initiatives, discuss safe ways of working, and share ideas on best practice. The 76th Zero Accident Forum, held at the Kia Oval in Kennington, focused on supervision.