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Accepting the Excellence in Health and Safety Performance Award

The eight2O alliance* stole the show at Thames Water’s annual health and safety ceremony by winning the coveted Excellence in Health and Safety Performance Award. The award ceremony, now in its sixth year, took place at the lavish Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London.

The alliance went up against teams from Easter South Clean Water, Thames Valley North Wholesale, Meter U and the North London Process Team to walk away with the trophy, which recognizes the overall success of health and safety across the entire organization.

“I am absolutely delighted and proud to share the news that eight2O has won the prestigious Thames Water Excellence in Health & Safety Performance award for 2015/16,” beamed Michael Dyke, CEO of eight2O; “Keeping our people safe is the foundation from which we can make eight2O a great place to work and shows how well we are already working as one team.”

At the time of submission the team were 215 safe days and still counting. eight2O eventually reached 258 safe days – amounting to over 8 months and 2 million man hours without anyone getting hurt.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person in eight2O, who has contributed to this achievement – the first of many recognition moments,” continued Dyke (still beaming!); “I am sure, as we continue our quest to stay safe, deliver value and love our customer.”

Martin Baggs, CEO Thames Water, was very complimentary of the achievement, recognizing that the alliance has taken on more than 400 people in its first year, whilst ramping up production from zero to £250M, and embedding a culture of safety across the organization.

To develop a safety culture to be proud of, the team focused on everything from getting the basics right, to leadership engagement, and safety in design and innovation.

Alongside the entry for Excellence in Health and Safety Performance, eight2O was also shortlisted in the Health and Wellbeing Initiative, and Innovation of the Year categories. Working with Guide Dogs UK, the SMB JV (Skanska, MWH and Balfour Beatty) was recognized for their innovative redesign of streetworks; while the CA JV was noted for their mental health awareness initiative.

Work is now underway to prepare entries for next year’s awards, so if you spot any health and safety initiative that is novel, interesting or noteworthy, please flag it up to your H&S representative.

Congratulations to everyone!


*eight2O are the alliance partners working alongside Thames Water include two design and build joint ventures made up of Costain and Atkins, and Skanska, MWH and Balfour Beatty, plus MWH as the program manager and IBM the technology innovation partner. eight2O is transforming investment in water infrastructure by bringing together the best possible combination of industry leading partners to deliver billions of pounds worth of essential work for Thames Water.