Industry expert takes up new worker engagement role at HSE

Bob Egan has accepted a key role with the offshore industry safety regulator, HSE’s Energy Division. 

Bob will be Energy Divisions Head of Workforce Engagement on a two year secondment from global oilfield services company, Petrofac. 

Bob is a pipe fitter by trade and during his 23 years working offshore has been heavily involved in health and safety issues for the offshore workforce, he was voted Oil and Gas UK’s Elected Safety Rep of 2014. 

Bob’s main responsibilities will be to develop HSE’s approach to worker engagement. In particular he will take forward two of HSE’s offshore strategic objectives, ensuring employers engage their workforce on health and safety issues and raising the awareness of safety representatives of major hazard risks. 

The role is wide-ranging and will also include co-chairing the WEST Worker Engagement Steering Group, working with the G18 Elected Safety Rep Group, and helping HSE to develop measures of worker engagement that reflect worker experience. 

Bob will carry a warrant and will accompany inspectors on visits, he will support inspections and investigations and may provide evidence related to the roles of safety representatives. 

HSE’s Head of Energy Division, Tony Hetherington said: “Bob’s time with us provides a fantastic opportunity for me and my inspectors to understand better how to engage with the workforce and how to stimulate industry to do the same. 

“HSE has engaged Bob exactly because he will bring a different perspective to this work. Bob’s role is unique in HSE, I hope he will help all of industry to take a real step forward in worker engagement and he will have my full support in making it happen.” 

Bob added: “I have been a pipe fitter working on a number of installations offshore over the last 23 years and 10 years before that onshore in construction and Petro Chemical. 

“I’ve been an Elected Safety Rep for over six years and have the right credentials for this challenging role. I am very grateful my employer Petrofac has agreed to release me to undertake this work.”
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