Colleague death inspires engineer to devise driver awareness programme

Simon Deeley, of Debenham. ANL-160523-094236001

Simon Deeley, of Debenham. ANL-160523-094236001

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An electricity engineer who said he was “spurred on” by the death of a colleague to develop a driver awareness programme at his company has scooped a national award.

Debenham resident Simon Deeley, who is based at the Bury St Edmunds office of UK Power Networks, picked up the title of Power Safety Person of the Year at the National Skills Academy for Power event in Glasgow last week.

In a previous job, I had held the hand of a dying young man following a car accident and I always wished to use that experience to influence others to drive safely

Simon Deeley

Mr Deeley, 44 and a former firefighter, was nominated after devising the programme for all trainees and apprentices following the death of a colleague in a car accident.

“In a previous job, I had held the hand of a dying young man following a car accident and I always wished to use that experience to influence others to drive safely,” he said.

“His death spurred me on to create the driver awareness programme at UK Power Networks and while I’m delighted to have received this recognition, I really just hope my driver awareness programme helps to keep my colleagues safe.”

Mr Deeley was nominated for the award by UK Power Networks’ trainee development manager John Haddon.

“His inspirational driver awareness talks have been rolled out to other colleagues and attendees who have been influenced by his work and commitment and since this exercise,” he said.

“Simon has been offered a role in the health and safety team to continue his work, where he still aims to complete his other studies.”

Mr Deeley is also currently leading a safety innovation project at UK Power Networks.