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Forgemasters brings in specialist Health and Safety manager

27 January 2009

SHEFFIELD Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) has brought in an experienced industry health and safety specialist to oversee operations for its unique subsidiary, Vulcan Engineering Services (VES).

Ian Frost brings 14 years of experience to take the role of Health and Safety manager at the 200-year-old company and leads a dedicated team at VES taking overall responsibility for managing health and safety on Vulcan's engineering contracts.

Ian previously progressed to health and safety manager with neighbouring company, Firth Rixon, having originally trained as a British Coal Engineer and brings skills gained through a diversity of engineering projects.

The role has launched him into ongoing large-scale engineering projects at SFIL, including management of safety for the construction of a new £12m Heavy Machine Shop and the installation of a brand new 4,000 tonne open-die forging press.

Ian said: "I love the challenge of this job. Working on large projects like the 4,000 tonne press and seeing it to completion with the support of such an excellent team is fantastic for me. It's a much different and more project-led role than normal production health and safety.

"I was drawn to Forgemasters by these challenges, but also by the vision of its management. It is great to see the developmental needs and welfare of the whole workforce being considered in such a proactive way."

Ian ensures that health and safety on the Vulcan contracts is in full compliance with HSE best practice and he manages a dedicated project engineering team, including three apprentices.

Ian Gerard, director of Vulcan SFM, said: "Ian has a wealth of industry experience, which is absolutely invaluable for this position.

"The contracts Ian will be working on can be extremely complex and require substantial insight into good working practice to ensure the safety of not only VES employees and contractors, but subsequently, the welfare of every other person on the site."