North-east firm becomes first to adopt new safety process

13 JANUARY 2015

A leading North-east marine equipment specialist has become one of the first companies to adopt a new safety scheme, following a six-figure investment after another successful year of business.

Motive Offshore, which is headquartered in Boyndie, near Banff, in Aberdeenshire, has implemented a new safety and lean production scheme called 6S, to improve efficiency and safety in the work environment.

The firm, which was established in 2010 by James Gregg and Dave Acton, will utilise the Japanese developed lean manufacturing process to improve standard operational practices and ensure efficient and safe ways of working throughout the organisation.

The 6S programme comprises of six different phases including, sort, straighten, sweep, standardise, sustain and the new element safety, which is currently being deployed across the company’s three bases in Boyndie, Aberdeen and Stavanger in Norway, through comprehensive on-site training for employees.

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As a company, we have grown significantly in the last four years, and as such it has been vital to promote and develop a strong safety culture to protect the welfare of our employees and clients. We have been very focused on helping our employees to work responsibly and in the safest possible manner, and the 6S programme will play a key role in this. The process will essentially assist our employees to think more seriously about safety and about the steps they take when working in the factory, whilst also allowing us to develop new practices that add value and help to standardise our work process to reduce risk for employees. Since day one we have been focussed on our people and as we continue to expand and employ further staff, lean techniques like 6S will be key to our continuous improvement efforts and overall infrastructure to deliver clients the best possible service whilst working towards being a company recognised for its safety standards.

- Dave Acton, Chief Operating Officer at Motive Offshore

Motive Offshore, which specialises in the manufacturing and rental of high capacity winches, umbilical deployment equipment and specialised subsea equipment including subsea winches and baskets, has grown rapidly since launching less than four years ago and now has over 100 employees. The firm has future plans for additional staff and further investment in rental equipment, which will be showcased at the upcoming Subsea Expo in February 2015.