Six members of staff at UK boatbuilder Sunseeker International have achieved competent status with the Construction Industry Training Board’s Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) for Appointed Person.
During a ceremony held at Sunseeker’s manufacturing plant in Poole, Dorset, Kevin Docherty, John Clark, Simon Thornton, Steve McCormack, Gareth Buckley and Danny Scullion were all presented with their official blue Competent Operator cards by Martin Dodd, risk manager.
The group wore white hard hats, in recognition of attaining Appointed Person status. Within any lifting, the Appointed Person is accountable for the lifting operations.
“We are very proud of the six members of staff who have completed this scheme, which ensures they have the highest level of competency in lifting operations,” says Sunseeker training manager Alex Bowman. “As far as we’re aware, introducing this health and safety qualification is a first for any UK boatbuilding facility and is part of our commitment to investing in our employees and ensuring we are leading the way in the industry when it comes to safety.”
Applicants undergo an intensive training process as part of the scheme, designed to ensure they achieve the highest level of competency in plant operations. The six members of Sunseeker staff have been working towards this qualification for the past 12 months.