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Safety at the forefront

‘Safety is at the forefront of any work we do,’ says Bridgeway Consulting’s managing director Pino De Rosa. There are examples of this everywhere.

The company has sponsored the Safety Person of the Year category since the very first RailStaff Awards in 2007 and Pino is a regular speaker at the Rail Safety Summit.

‘It’s the one thing that has the biggest life-changing impact if it goes wrong,’ said Pino, speaking shortly after awarding the 2015 trophy.

Last year, the category was won by Network Rail’s Adrian Fricker who had played a key role in establishing and promoting the work of the Track Safety Alliance (TSA), an industry-wide group which focuses on improving the health, safety and wellbeing of track workers. In 2014, the award was won by Network Rail’s Keith Gibbs for his work around fatigue. The year before that the title was given to Chris Roberts, who helped save the life of a pedestrian who was struck by a train at a level crossing.

Far-reaching

Established by three British Rail underwater inspection unit divers in 1995, the company is now a Network Rail Principal Contractor and employs around 700 people. Pino, one of the three founders, was only 27 at the time.

Bridgeway’s involvement in the rail industry is far- reaching. The company provides expertise on site and ground investigations, isolations, geomatics, Business Information Modelling

(BIM), utilities, structures examinations – including diving and rope access, AC/ DC isolations, possession management, worksite management, permanent way engineering and signalling and telecommunications.

An important date

The company’s motto is ‘Exceeding, Expectations Everywhere, Safely’. Says Pino, ‘There’s an underlying focus on safety with any work Bridgeway carries out and we pride ourselves on our safety record.’

He went on, ‘It’s been brilliant to see the awards go from strength to strength each year.

‘It marks an important date in the railway calendar each year, giving us a chance to look back at those who have gone out of their way to make a difference. The Safety Person of the Year Award is a great award to sponsor for Bridgeway, as safety is at the forefront of any work we do.’

If you know someone who deserves to be the 2016 RailStaff Awards Safety Person of the Year, visit www.railstaffawards.com/nominate

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