The latest industry-leading figure to join the Tideway team has arrived today (Monday, June 6), to help ensure a safe delivery of the 25km ‘super sewer’ under London.

Steve Hails, former director of health and safety for Crossrail, has joined Tideway to bring his expertise of delivering major infrastructure projects in London, to the latest scheme set to drive below London’s river starting later this year.

Tideway is the newly-created company specifically tasked with building the Thames Tideway Tunnel to tackle sewage pollution in the tidal River Thames. The company was launched in August 2015, and at its peak, will be offering more than 4,000 direct and sustainable jobs.

Mr Hails, whose new role will be Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Tideway, has more than 20 years’ experience managing health and safety in the construction industry, having previously worked in the energy sector before taking the helm at Europe’s largest infrastructure project to date, Crossrail.

He said: “Having seen the safe delivery of the main construction work at Crossrail, it seemed fitting to move to London’s newest infrastructure project at Tideway, to help learn from the experiences we’ve had tunnelling under London, to try and ensure we improve even further on the UK’s exemplary health, safety and wellbeing standards.

“I’m already very impressed with the commitment Tideway has shown to transforming health, safety and wellbeing in the construction industry, by taking a fresh approach to staff inductions and engagement.

“I intend to carry on with all of the excellent initiatives already in place, and to expand on these even further to help realise the ambition that Tideway has to ensure anyone working on the project, leaves even healthier at the end as they were at the beginning.

“This is a very exciting new chapter for me, and I’m keen to get going to see how we can meet our aspirations for health and safety and how we might influence further improvements in the wider construction industry.”

Andy Mitchell, Tideway’s CEO, said: “Steve’s appointment is a major coup for Tideway and I’m confident that with his leadership, we will be able to continue with our ambition to put health, safety and wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do. Quite simply, we do things safely or not at all.”

As a Chartered Member of IOSH, Associate Member of IEMA and with a Masters degree in Health, Safety & Environment, Mr Hails was with Crossrail for four years, joining in 2012 from Siemens Energy.

He will be representing Tideway on a number of Health & Safety groups including the Health in Construction Leadership Group, the Construction Client’s Health & Safety Group, London Health & Safety Leads Group and the Transforming Tunnelling Safety Group.

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