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CF Fertilisers wins Safety Award

CF Fertilisers, the local Ince-based manufacturing site for international fertiliser producer, CF Industries, has achieved global recognition for innovation in safety by winning the Company’s Stephen R. Wilson Award for Excellence in Safety.


Yesterday (20th November 2019), David Hopkins, CF UK Managing Director, and 400 employees at the Cheshire site welcomed Stephen Elliott, Chief Executive of Chemical Industries Association (CIA), local councillors, MPs, and the local Mayor of Chester to celebrate the achievement. Senior representatives from parent Company CF Industries (USA) visited to present the Wilson Award.


L-R: Justin Madders (MP), Paul Logan (HSE), centre CF Ince site winning team (David Mira, Luke Simpson, Leigh Williams), Ashraf Malik (CF Industries Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Distribution) and Stephen Elliott (Chemical Industries Association)


CF Industries is a leading global fertiliser and chemical company with net sales of $4.4 billion. Each year, CF's nine manufacturing complexes and distribution facilities submit nominations for the Wilson Award based on safety innovations and improvements generated by employees. Submissions are judged on safety innovation and the transferability to other sites.


The Ince site’s winning submission is an extremely effective ‘trapped-key’ interlock system that keeps their electrical workers safe. Many manufacturing sites work with high voltage electricity that requires engineers to follow strict operating procedures to ensure safety. However, human error is always a possibility and mistakes can happen. The CF Ince team engineered out human error with this new interlock system that ensures the correct operations are carried out in the correct order when implementing an electrical safe system of work.


Two of the electrical engineers that designed the system, Leigh Williams and Luke Simpson, first presented their system to the company’s Wilson Award selection committee in February. They were successfully shortlisted and returned in June (during National Safety Month) to the Head Office to present to CF’s Senior Leadership Team.

Ince was named the overall winners in 2019. They will return in December to showcase their winning award to the entire CF Industries Board of Directors.


This solution can easily be transferred to any manufacturing facility and is being rolled out to all CF global sites. The CF team have also started to discuss their winning solution with their neighbours and other manufacturing companies, part of the company’s commitment to share safety best practices broadly.



L-R: Cllr Kevin Hickson – Ince Parish Council, Kelvin Roth – CF Industries – Vice President – Environmental Health, Safety & Quality, Cllr Margaret Lockhart – Elton Parish Council, Cllr George Randles – Helsby Parish Council, CF Winning Team - Dave Mira - Electrical Design Engineer (Contractor), Luke Simpson – I/E Supervisor (Electrical Distribution), Leigh Williams – Site Electrical Engineer, Cllr Terry O’Neill – Helsby Parish Council and Shawn Carnine – CF Industries – Vice President – Site Operations.


Watch the award winning idea here