Mines Rescue Service honoured for workplace protection

Published: 5 Dec 2014 09:30


A West Fife firm has scooped a prestigious green award for its work in protecting those operating in the energy industry.

Errol Parrish received the Contribution to Skills Award on behalf of the Mines Rescue Service at the Green Energy Awards.

Errol Parrish received the Contribution to Skills Award on behalf of the Mines Rescue Service at the Green Energy Awards.

Mines Rescue Service (MRSL) was presented with the Contribution to Skills Award at the Scottish Renewables' Green Energy Awards - with judges praising the firm for offering a unique training opportunity for the renewables sector in Scotland.

MRSL received renewable industry accreditation less than a year ago for its purpose-built working-at-height training facility in Fife which has been designed to educate the renewables workforce of the future.

Errol Parrish, operations manager at MRSL, said: “It is fantastic for MRSL to be recognised as making a significant contribution to skills having only been accredited by the industry for six months.

“We felt there was a need for specialist training facilities that covered both renewables and oil & gas and there has been a great deal of interest from businesses looking to provide the highest levels of safety skills and knowledge to their workforce. We are seeing a steady growth in demand for our training services across the energy industry and it is extremely heartening to receive this award from an industry we are working to serve.”

Judges also praised MRSL for innovatively expanding beyond the remit of its initial operation as a coal mining service to now providing expertise in new burgeoning industries.

Operating across the energy sector, including oil & gas and renewables, MRSL has more than 100 years of skills, experience and knowledge gained from working in a difficult and potentially dangerous environment.

The company has six bases in the UK with Crossgates its only one in Scotland. Investment was made in the site earlier in the year to address the need for fit-for-purpose training facilities for workers in the renewables sector. The premises include a wind turbine complete with blade, turbine and winch system.

Councillor John Wincott, Fife Council’s sustainability champion said: “This is fantastic news for Fife and I'd like to congratulate Mines Rescue Service on their awards success. This is another example of Fife leading the way in sustainable economic development and renewable energy generation and strengthens our reputation as a centre for excellence for renewable energy."

The Green Energy Awards were presented at Edinburgh’s EICC on Thursday November 27.

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