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Doing the right thing – putting safety first

Samir Brikho, Chief Executive

If you recently had a Christmas break I hope it was a good and safe one. At this time of year, returning to work after an enjoyable break, safety might not be at the top of everyone’s agenda. At Amec Foster Wheeler we put safety first and are reminding our employees to ‘get back into the swing of things’ straight away. Our clients, our families and our shareholders expect it. We are in the throes of an internal safety awareness campaign called Safe Start and I recently asked our employees to think about what they can do individually to improve safety at work. I asked them: “Does safety mean that you intervene when you see an unsafe act or condition? It may mean you saying ‘no’ when you feel something is unsafe; or, it may just mean you taking the time to consider your actions and the actions of others.” Safe Start goes much further than that but even basic questions like these help our people focus their thoughts on keeping themselves and their colleagues safe.

Confucius said: “If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” This is one of my favourite quotes as I am a great advocate of learning, from both good and bad examples. This approach can be applied to our health and safety activities – we need to build on our past excellence and learn from mistakes, adjusting our performance along the way, avoiding them in the future.

One final thought. Safety awareness is not only a workplace matter in my opinion. I want my family and those of all our employees to be safe wherever they are. Nothing pleases me more than to see our focus on safety also make a difference outside of work.

Best wishes for a safe and successful 2015.

Meet the blogger

Samir BrikhoPrior to joining Amec Foster Wheeler, Samir was a member of the group executive committee of ABB Ltd., Switzerland, Head of the Power Systems Division and Chairman of ABB Lummus Global, ABB’s international projects and services business. Samir holds an engineering degree, a Master of Science in Thermal Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and completed the YMP Program at INSEAD in France in 1991. In 2000 he also completed a senior executive programme in Stanford, US and in 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University..

Term of office
Samir was appointed Chief Executive on 1 October 2006 and has no fixed term of office. His service contract is terminable on six and twelve months’ notice by him and the company respectively.

External appointments
Samir is a director of the United Kingdom-Japan 21st Century Group and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Stena AB and is an independent non-executive director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB). He is co-chair of the UAE-UK Business Council and the UK-Korea Global CEO Forum. He has acted as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Disaster Resource Partnership and is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Committee. He also chaired Offshore Europe in 2011.