Hunterston B nuclear power station welcomes careful drivers
Employees at Hunterston B nuclear power station have been put through their paces when it comes to improving their driving skills. The EDF Energy power station has been working with North Ayrshire Council’s road safety team to improve driver awareness.
150 of those who drive on and off the site have been learning about accident statistics in North Ayrshire which show that 95% of all crashes involve human error. They have also been learning about the new drink driving limits in Scotland and have been given general maintenance tips for their cars.
Another part of the focus on driver awareness at Hunterston B power station has included a test of the ‘seatbelt convincer’. This is a machine which shows what can happen to you if you drive at five miles an hour and are not wearing your seatbelt. Those who tried it out were able to feel how much force can be generated even while you are travelling at a low speed.
The group also undertook the ‘beer goggle challenge’ which is designed to let you see how badly your vision and reactions are affected after just one drink. This is done using special goggles which are coated so everything is blurred.
Station Director at Hunterston B power station said, “Having spoken to those who have taken part in the driver awareness training, I know they have found it very useful and have brushed up on the skills they already have. It is important to me that driving on and off the site is of the highest possible standard. I would encourage other businesses to get involved with North Ayrshire Council’s road safety team to help raise driving standards across the area.”
Colin T. Kay, Road Safety Officer at North Ayrshire Council said, “It is important that all drivers update their knowledge and skills to enable them to stay safe and legal when driving, whether for business or pleasure.”
Ten of those from Hunterston B power station who took part in the driver awareness training have been given the chance to take up advanced driver courses to improve their skills even further.
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Picture: L- R are:
David Hazell, Derek Ritchie, Johnny Cairney, Louise Jones, Roddy Wheeler, James Davidson, George Dodds, David Green, Gary Thompson – all from EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station and Gillian McGregor from the Institute of Advanced Motorists and Colin Kay, road safety officer at North Ayrshire Council.
EDF Energy in Scotland
In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride. As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.