In November 2012, a team of safety professionals from Derby based Quality Safety Consultants were appointed as Principal Contractor for a 12 week period to work on a multi-million pound project to oversee the re-configuration of a workshop and new equipment installation at BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford. During the project, which took place in the winter shutdown period, QSC recorded over 180,000 working hours, with up to 800 workers on site at one peak period and inductions of almost 1900 people. Under QSC supervision, there were no lost time accidents and just one cut finger.
In recognition of their safety record and success during the shutdown project, QSC were presented with a signed Mini bonnet by Norbert Maier of BMW. Speaking about the unusual thank you gift, QSC Managing Director Shane Moore commented:
“I was completely overwhelmed with the gift and accepted it on behalf of the whole QSC on-site safety team involved including Darren Morgan, Alan Pratt, Marcell Foster, Steve Kelly, Marius Costea, Mihai Corescu, Robert Grecu, Calin Pavlov, and of course Michelle Dabell and Adam Moore at head office who provided support to the team.
It is fair to say, when we came to the project in November 2012, there was some apprehension about how effective we would be. Some teams on site had worked with another safety company during the summer shutdown, and had a negative experience and so feared we would offer more of the same. Our dedicated team worked around the clock, including through Christmas day and New Year’s Day with BMW staff and contractors to demonstrate how safety can be implemented effectively into a project.
I’ve been considering what to do with our great thank you gift and I think the best suggestion so far is to incorporate it into a desk.”