24 Feb 17

Safety a reality for Hunterston B workers

Hunterston B power station is harnessing the latest technology to ensure people stay safe while on the job. 

More than 600 workers at the station recently immersed themselves in a pioneering virtual reality experience filmed in and around the North Ayrshire station. 

“A day in the life at Hunterston” was produced in collaboration with Cape and puts participants in the shoes of a worker who is struggling with personal issues but who stays safe through the help and support of his team. 

Station Director, Colin Weir, said: “The virtual reality experience was part of the station’s recent ‘Safe Start’ campaign which runs each January and aims to help our people focus on staying safe during the coming year. 

“Last year the station made great progress towards achieving EDF Energy’s ambition of Zero Harm but we cannot afford to be complacent. That is why it is great that we have been able to come up with a new way to get the safety message across.” 

It is the first time the technology has been used for this purpose at any of EDF Energy’s power stations and now other sites are looking to use the film as well. 

Quality Management Group Head, Greg Dunlop, oversaw the project. He said: “The film aims to make workers think about their personal safety when carrying out their jobs and the potentially life-changing implications of workplace accidents for family and friends. 

“It was a complex project to work on but we have had lots of great feedback from staff with many saying the experience has left a lasting impression.” 

Much of the film is based on site but scenes were also shot on location at employees’ homes in Largs and the Barony Centre in West Kilbride. More than 20 people from the station were involved in the production, including several in acting roles. 

Lesley MacKay works at the station, she said: “It was great to see our own staff in the film. The reinforcement of the positive message of looking after one another is powerful and the term ‘fitness for duty’ means far more than being free from drink and drugs.”

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

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.