International logistics service provider Peterson has been announced as this year’s winner of the Chief Executive’s award and Management of Contractors Safety accolade from Sellafield Limited in recognition of outstanding performance at the Lillyhall facility in West Cumbria, England.

The awards take place annually to recognise the service of Sellafield Limited contractors and celebrate their collective achievements each year.

The Sellafield Chief Executive’s award recognises contractor excellence over a number of years in areas of health and safety, security and operational resilience, project management, and providing social-economic value to local communities.

The Management of Contractors Safety award rewards contractors which consistently maintain high standards of safety performance, innovation and cooperation during the previous financial year.

Jason Hendry, regional director at Peterson, said: “It’s an honour to receive the Chief Executive’s award and win the Management of Contractors Safety accolade for the second year in a row. We all feel extremely proud of these achievements and look forward to continued success in the years ahead.”

Alan Matear, Peterson’s site manager at Lillyhall, said: “Our team’s relentless drive to deliver an excellent service has been exemplary since the start of operations at Lillyhall, and these awards are a reward for their hard work, dedication and success achieved throughout the year.

“We are excited about the future and to continue working closely with the Sellafield team to innovate and enhance our operations.”

Mark Geldard, Sellafield Ltd Logistics warehousing operations manager, said: “These awards are recognition to the Peterson team for the first-class logistics service they provide to Sellafield Ltd. Not only, in the day to day operations of the security and distribution centre at Lillyhall, but also their enthusiasm for continuous improvements of operations. Working collaboratively with Sellafield Ltd to ensure business improvements meet customer requirements”.

Since 2016, Peterson has been the operator of the Control Tower and Security and Distribution Centre (S&DC) at Lillyhall on behalf of Sellafield Limited. The logistics company was recently announced as the preferred bidder following the conclusion of Sellafield’s OJEU competition with contract signature imminent. Peterson is to continue as Sellafield’s logistics service provider, providing the management of inbound logistics and secure distribution of goods at Lillyhall.

The Peterson team has worked closely with Sellafield over the years to develop several technologies to improve operational efficiencies in delivering goods, including safety and security protocols.

In 2019, Peterson’s track and trace technology, developed in collaboration with Sellafield, enhanced operations by identifying areas of potential savings which resulted in fuel savings of £75,000 for the wider supply chain and a reduction of over 190,000kg in CO2 emissions by maximising the consolidation of all goods.

Other safety initiatives include the ZoneSafe alarm system which was introduced as an additional safety control and reached Target Zero alerts within the facility. Last year also saw Peterson Lillyhall successfully achieve ISO-9001, 45001 and 14001 certifications.

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