Essar – working with the community

(l-r) Sally Darlington, health and safety advisor at Essar Stanlow with John Wilson of the Liverpool Seafarers Centre and Mark Thompson, Essar’s marine manager at Stanlow
Essar’s Stanlow refinery recently achieved 7 million hours without a lost time injury; a milestone recognised by Essar’s Let’s Give programme which links safety milestones and charitable giving.
The refinery has also achieved a record breaking safety target of three million hours without a recordable injury; a first in the site’s 60 year history.
Among the local charities benefitting from the programme were Wirral Heart Beat and the Seafarers Centre in Crosby, Liverpool with both receiving a £3,000 donation.
Marine manager Mark Thompson who nominated the Seafarers Centre, said: “I have worked at sea for most of my career, and now alongside those who do. I have seen the benefit of Seafarers Centres all over the world, and the great service that is offered to those who visit. Many of the seafarers from our cargo deliveries at Stanlow and Tranmere use the Liverpool services, and it is fantastic to be able to provide some financial support to keep the service going.”
Technician operator Paul Nelson selected Wirral Heart Beat. “I was put in contact with Wirral Heart Beat following a heart operation sixteen years ago. At a time when I was feeling vulnerable and worried, the support and facilities offered at the Heswall facility were a real practical support for my rehabilitation and improving health.”
The charities were very appreciative of the support received.
John Wilson, chief executive at the Liverpool Seafarers Centre, which is to buy a pool table, furnishings, computer and wi-fi, said:
“We’re a charity operating a frontline service to provide practical and emotional support for seafarers, the often invisible workforce on whom we all depend to ship 95% of UK trade.
Ian Carson, chairman of Wirral Heart Beat, which is investing in new equipment for its outreach gyms, commented:
“Our charity was first registered in 1991 by a group of local people who had experienced heart attacks or had heart related problems. We depend entirely on volunteers to run the centres, which are all based at fire stations across the Wirral.”