Seventh heaven as Wales & West Utilities recognised for health and safety

Wales & West Utilities is the only UK utility to receive a 100 per cent score for each of the last seven years for its health and safety practices.

The gas emergency and pipeline service, which keeps the gas flowing to homes and businesses across Wales and the south west of England, has received another perfect score in its Achilles audit – cementing its position at the top of the health and safety leader board amongst the utility sector.

Achilles carried out the two-day independent audit of the company’s management and operational systems against a rigorous standard and the 100 per cent score confirmed that the company is working to the highest standards in the health and safety arena.

Achilles Group is an independent body that provides a service for professional procurement. It assesses suppliers for standards of capability, reliability, quality, safety and social responsibility. The Achilles score is valued throughout industry; particularly within utilities, and the two-day assessment by the reputed organisation checked that all procedures were in place and robust enough to deal with any incident.

We are absolutely delighted to have, once again, been awarded a perfect score for our health and safety practices.

Knowing that we are the only UK utility to receive a 100 per cent score for seven years in a row is testament to our continued drive to place health and safety at the highest priority.

We’re committed to raising the bar on safety standards for customers and colleagues alike and are proud that Achilles endorses our efforts.

Wales & West Utilities Operations Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Mark Benton

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.

Our team is also working on a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.