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Hunterston B Power Station staff in North Ayrshire are celebrating their impressive safety pedigree, by sponsoring a Guide Dog for the Blind.

The power station employees and contractors in West Kilbride have achieved more than four years without an injury at work.

When a member of staff injures themselves at work, and is absent from work for one day or more, this is referred to as a lost-time incident (LTI).  It is therefore more than four years since such an injury occurred at Hunterston B, which is the equivalent of over seven million hours worked without injury.

To celebrate this remarkable achievement, EDF Energy, the owner of the plant is donating £5,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

“Hunterston B is getting its first puppy”, said plant manager Paul Forrest.

“We are delighted to be able to make this donation to such a worthwhile charity and the staff here are very excited at the prospect of being able to name our new furry friend.  

“Safety is always our number one priority at Hunterston B and is very much part of our culture, but even taking that into account this is a tremendous achievement. We did this through rigorous health and safety training and high levels of nuclear professionalism.  Our contractors are also to be congratulated for adhering to our company standards and expectations.

“Reaching this milestone, considering the station employs 550 staff and 250 contractors - is another huge step towards our journey to achieving our ambition of zero harm.”

A competition will be held amongst staff to name the puppy, which will be reared close to the station.

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Notes to Editors
EDF Energy
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

In its nuclear activities EDF Energy has partnered with Centrica, which has a 20% stake in the company’s eight existing plants and in the project carrying out pre-development work for new build. Centrica also has the option to take up to 20% stakes in each of the four planned plants.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

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