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Green Port backs Precision Drilling’s renewables investment

Specialist contractor Precision Drilling has continued its investment programme, with a focus on the renewables sector.

The Hull-based company has been supported by Green Port Growth to gain a key national health and safety accreditation and to help train new employees.

Precision Drilling is now accredited by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), which brings together all of the company’s existing health and safety pre-qualification assessments under one nationally recognised and accepted standard.

Ian Wilkinson, managing director, said: “This is an important stepping stone in the development of Precision Drilling. Having the CHAS mark reduces any element of doubt when it comes to dealing with our customers and when tendering for new work, particularly in the renewables sector where we are increasingly active.”

To support the CHAS accreditation, Tony Appleyard, who joined the company in January as a finance manager, will now receive health and safety training supported by the Green Port Growth skills strand.  

Dawn Hall, Green Port Growth business support manager, said: “We have been working with Precision Drilling on this CHAS accreditation funding for a few months, and they are one of the first to receive support. 

“Accreditations such as CHAS are essential to open up further supply chain opportunities within all sectors, including renewables.” 

In addition, the full-time mature apprentice, John Musgrave, has joined Precision Drilling on a two-year drilling and sawing NVQ through the Drilling and Sawing Association.

Mr Musgrave, 26, from Hull, will train alongside the company’s six fully skilled drilling and sawing operatives on diamond floor sawing, concrete drilling, foundation joint sealing, chasing, specialist anchor fixing and selective dust and vibration-free demolition.

Capital investments of about £100,000 have included a new floor saw for exterior concrete cutting, a Mercedes van, plus other new machinery and an IT system. In addition, new personal protective equipment for all 10 staff, including new flame retardant overalls, company branded jackets, helmets and hi-viz vests.

The East Yorkshire business, which also has operatives in Leeds, works on projects UK-wide with a focus on Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, the Midlands and the north west.