Finley Structures newsletter 6 - summer 2013 - Page 3

Golf-lover Mark SHEQs in !

A fully-qualified health and safety expert has already got into full swing at Finley Structures ! Sports lover Mark Stones has been appointed as our new Safety , Health , Environmental and Quality ( SHEQ ) Manager . The 43-year-old , a long-time member of Bishop Auckland Golf Club who also played Under-19s county level cricket for Durham in his pomp , has joined the highly-skilled workforce at our Aycliffe Business Park premises . Mark , married to wife Melanie since 1997 , was previously SHEQ Manager with Seaham-based aluminium fabricators Fortress Facades for two years and before that he spent just over a year as Health and Safety Director for construction firm Indbuild in Richmond . A Chartered Member of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health ( IOSH ), Mark is also a FULL Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management ( IIRSM ), with association of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment ( IEMA ) in-line with the requirements of the environmental management . He said : " I am already enjoying my time with Finley Structures . I believe I can contribute much to the internal and external direction of the company with employees and clients alike . " I have been charged with maintaining and upgrading the Achilles certification as well as working towards and achieving ISO9001 Quality and ISO14001 Environmental management systems . " I have already located all relevant risk assessments to the machinery and work procedures as well as daily inspection sheets across the spectrum of activities with taskspecific RA ’ s being rolled out to all staff – from the office , to fabrication on the shop floor as well as on-site . " I like a laugh and a joke as much as anyone but when it comes to work I am serious when the situation demands and to the point – I do not suffer fools or improper behaviour ." Finley ' s managing director Julie Finley added : " We ' re delighted to bring someone like Mark on board , he brings with him not just a raft of qualifications , but also a wealth of knowledge and invaluable health and safety experience . " Zero Harm is absolutely paramount in the construction industry and hopefully Mark will enable us to build on the good reputation we already have for creating a safe environment within the workplace ." As well as his love for sport , Mark enjoys holidays walking pet dog ' Oliver ', and over the years he has been involved with a number of fundraising events for charitable organisations , such as walks , fancy dress parties , sportsman evenings and golf days .
● Andrew Workman ( right ) with Chris Hodgson www . finleystructures . co . uk


Apprentice welder forges bright career

A welder has showed how Apprenticeships can help forge a high-flying career in the construction industry . Andrew Workman , nicknamed Wil by friends , has worked for us for the past 10 years and has recently been promoted to senior estimator . The 38-year-old - pictured with the firm ' s new senior estimator Chris Hodgson - completed an Apprenticeship in fabrication and welding with the Army after leaving Woodham Academy , Newton Aycliffe , in 1991 . After leaving the forces , Andrew found work with Aycliffe-based Ross Wright Engineering and also worked for a number of other firms as a welder or fabricator before joining Finley ' s a decade ago , working his way up from a welder to a supervisor ' s position and then workshop foreman before he moved into the office as an estimator . Andrew said : " The opportunity to progress again came about when the role of senior estimator was advertised , which I applied for and was lucky enough to be offered . " It ' s a great example of how Apprenticeships can reap rewards . There are some people in my position who went down the University route and this shows both avenues can be equally rewarding . " I ' ve been with Finley Structures for 10 years now , seeing the business grow into what we are today , one of the biggest fabricators in the country . " I am now looking forward to the next ten years , and welcome new estimator Chris Hodgson to the team , who brings with him a wealth of experience ." Chris , who has recently joined Finley Structures as a senior estimator , started his first job with Indescon Steel Division , Darlington , in 1987 , working in various departments including estimating up until 1991 . He worked briefly for Permoid in Newton Aycliffe during 1991 then started at Tarmac Roadstone at Coxhoe quarry , pricing road construction projects . He then joined South Durham Structures where he worked for over 14 years , pricing a vast range of projects until accepting a job offer at Hambleton Steel in April 2005 , pricing larger and a more diverse range of projects . A three-year stint with steel structural firm Hares of Snape , based in Bedale , North Yorkshire , followed for Chris , up until joining Finley Structures in May .
Finley Structures Newsletter Issue 6 , Summer 2013