PEME Operations Manager, Lee Dale, has been shortlisted for this year’s Safe Workplace Champion at the Manufacturing Champions Awards to be held in Manchester on 07 December.
Lee’s manages the imbedded PEME team delivering an engineering support contract with a major food brand and he ensures compliance with relevant safety and engineering standards. He drives safety improvement within his team and strives to keep them safe.
Confined space, Working at Height and Lifting and Slinging are all examples of high-risk activities regularly encountered and controlled by Lee. He leads frequent extensive reviews and amendments of the Risk Assessments and Method Statements for each working area and task. He is trying to make safety more accessible and understandable.
Lee joined PEME in 2000 and completed both mechanical and electrical Apprenticeships. He gained wide experience working on a range of industrial projects and then spent 2 years with a food manufacturer conducting electrical installations and subsequently moved into the PEME Design Department to broaden his skill-set. Lee was promoted into a supervisory role in 2008 and later into operational management.
His leadership has resulted in behavioural change towards safety and risk assessments in particular. He has developed an improved team attitude towards safety and works really hard to ensure everyone in his team is involved and sees safety as a core activity.
As a result of this pro-active approach to safety Lee has been nominated for this year’s Safe Workplace Champion Award – On hearing the news of reaching the final he said “I am excited about this nomination as there is nothing more important to me than the safety and well-being of my co-workers. The responsibility I have to provide a safe working environment for them and our client colleagues is my highest priority”.