I started off my career path as a Semi Skilled welder where I would produce hydraulic parts for Caterpillar and the MOD as well as creating the boom sections for Cherry pickers. I then progressed into the Offshore industry as a Rope Access Technician, working on various platforms around the North Sea.
From the Rope Access side of things, I moved in to a Multi Skilled Pipeline Technician position, where I was using a variety of Hydraulic Torqueing & Tensioning equipment as well as Pressure and Hydro testing equipment. Working offshore and in different countries such as Canada, Yemen, Kazakhstan and Malaysia really gave me a fantastic insight in to the different safety cultures across the globe; especially when working for large reputable companies on refinery’s or oil platforms for the likes of Shell, BP, Total etc.
After many years in the industry on the tools and within supervisory roles, I then decided to take my first step into Health & Safety in early 2014 where I successfully completed my IOSH Managing Safely course. However, I was still working in the pipeline sector at this time and was then studying for my NEBOSH qualification. In Autumn 2014 I then took my NEBOSH General Course exams. It was at this point that I was very focused on perusing a career within Health & Safety.
Since then I have been involved in a variety of Health & Safety roles from Shipyards, to Bio Mass Renewable Energy, Construction/Civils, Heat & Energy and Windfarm projects. Having been given the chance to be involved in so many sectors to date has given me the opportunity to take on board all safety aspects from each sector and to bring fresh ideas and transferable skills to the table from each sector as I progress in my career.
When I moved from the pipeline sector to my first HSE role, it was roughly the same time as the downturn took place within the industry and many people were made redundant and so on. I landed a job onshore and since then all of my HSE work has been onshore, which is a shame in a way as I do miss the offshore environment.
I self-funded my IOSH, NEBOSH, NCRQ Level 6 Diploma and other courses which hopefully has shown employers as to how keen I am at what I do. The NEBOSH course is very in depth and is delivered by home study or via the classroom. I opted for the classroom option which is based over a shorter space of time. I must admit that the course was very in depth, especially for somebody like myself who had not done something as in depth as that since my exams at college.
However, the NCRQ is also very in depth, but is spread out and not as full on as the NEBOSH was. The course is self-learning from home or within the work place. The NCRQ comes in 3 books which makes up the Level 6 Diploma on completion. The books are very well presented and offer some great case studies and assessments to complete like Accident Investigation for example.
While completing my assessments, I didn’t really need much assistance from the tutors. However, the option is still available for candidates if they do require online support. I had good experience in Risk Assessments so the first assignment went pretty smooth, so I moved on to the next few chapters. The next assessment was a case study of a real-life incident. I had to complete an incident investigation and recommend control measures to ensure legal compliance and to prevent further injury/ reoccurrence, which was very interesting overall.
I also use LinkedIn quite frequently, and it has connected me with some very important contacts and has also landed me various jobs from it as well. This is where I also come across Paul Millar at OSPR. I really liked what I had seen posted by him and jumped at the chance to join up with my membership payment and take advantage of what was on offer. It is great to see Paul/OSPR helping people to achieve goals and offer placements for courses, jobs, the membership level reviews and assessments.
I was lucky enough to be selected to attend an Incident Investigation Toolkit course which is IOSH approved. The course was based in Aberdeen and was over two days. It had a real mixture of people on it from Safety Advisors, to Heliport Management to an offshore OIM. This was great as we all worked as a team to share stories, ideas and different scenarios from our working careers. The tutor for the course was a gentleman called John Richardson. John was very professional and was a ex Police Officer / CID. He was very approachable and very knowledgeable in all aspects of the course.
Having completed the course and receiving the IOSH approved certificate. It then allowed me to add it to my CPD personal development page via my online IOSH portal.
I am aiming towards GRAD IOSH & to raise my OSPR level, and then see what projects await me going forward in the world of Health & Safety.
Once again, a big thanks to Paul Millar at OSPR who gave me the opportunity to attend the Matrix Rick Control Incident Investigation Toolkit IOSH approved course in Aberdeen.
To all OSPR members reading this, good luck going forward and feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if we are not connected already.
You cab find out more about the Matrix IOSH approved Incident Investigation course by clicking here.