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September 7th 2012 Issue 17

Three Bridges update Work at the Three Bridges rail operating centre is progressing well, and as you can see from the picture, the project is taking on the state-of-the-art appearance the plans promised. The project is expected to be completed in early 2013.

Spencer’s smart stonework Now that a new 200-tonne glazed walkway has been installed at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, Spencer needs to restore an old Klondike stone wall to how it looked when it was built generations ago. During the project, a temporary bridge had to be constructed through the Klondike wall. This meant that a large portion of the wall had to be removed, but thanks to the work of the team – and a stone mason – the historic 25-tonne wall was painstakingly dismantled piece by piece, and numbered. This meant it could be reconstructed to exactly how it was when the temporary bridge was taken away.

Spencer on Twitter Abolition of the CITB please sign the e-petition Every

Spencer employee is being urged to back a petition to see the dissolution of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). For many years, there has been criticism of the CITB, and for good reason. The CITB makes a mandatory levy against all businesses in the construction industry. Last year, the cost to Spencer was £171,682 - an astounding sum of money. What is more astounding is that the CITB cap what you can claim back, meaning that despite our best endeavours, we only received £24,500 back in grants. Last year, we lost £147,182 to the CITB. We do not have a choice as to whether this is paid, or not and nor is it based on profits. This money could be invested in actual training, or invested in other projects. As a company we maintain that the abolition of the CITB is something many in the construction industry would commit to, and we’d like your support for the following e-petition on the HM Government Web Site.

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you will already know, Spencer is always looking for new ways to promote the business, and in today’s world that means social networking. There is an official Spencer Twitter account, where the latest news about the company will be posted to our clients and more. So if you’re a Twitter user don’t forget to follow @Spencer_online As a new regular feature for In Touch we will be showcasing our latest tweets: • Looking forward to Circus Ronaldo tonight! Spencer is pleased to have donated tickets to Freedom Festival event to charity Hull Young Carers 11:58 AM - 6 Sep 12 • Excitement building for the RWM show very pleased with our stand designs 2:01 PM - 5 Sep 12 • Article about our smart stonework which will protect the heritage of Edinburgh Waverley Station ws-spencers-smart-stone-work-protect s-edinburgh-waverley.htm … 6:24 PM - 3 Sep 12

Great North Run Regular Spencer running man, Dave Maniford, will be competing in the Great North Run on the 16th September. The half-marathon is the biggest mass participation event in the UK. Dave is running on behalf of Action for Children – please show your support by contacting him with your sponsorship at

Life Saving Rules Network Rail has released their safety initiative ‘Life Saving Rules’. Over the last 12 years, Network Rail has researched safety across the industry by speaking to over 1,300 people throughout the business, unions and other industries. The rules aim to tackle the areas where people’s lives are most at risk. David Higgins, Network Rail’s CEO, said: “Safety is the most important thing for us – it is our licence to run the railway. We exist to keep our passengers and our colleagues safe, every day. Trust and openness are essential if we are to raise the bar on safety. Please make sure you know the Rules, follow them and help others to do the same.”

Jen on the run Business

Developer Jen Belk recently embarked on a physically challenging 10km run in the name of charity. On Sunday, 2nd September, Jen completed The Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield, and raised £129 for the Help A Capital Child – a charity which supports teenagers and children with cancer. Jen sends a massive thank you to everyone from Spencer who sponsored her.

There are 11 life-saving rules that cover six topics • • • • • •

• Promote a fair culture by finding and tackling the root-cause of Rule breaking • Provide a clear push-back against unsafe requests • Provide positive responses and solutions • Make sure everyone takes responsibility • Prioritise the safety measures that save lives • Highlight areas where we can do better Spencer Rail will be evaluating and monitoring these Rules with a system which is currently under review. In the interim, we are asking all members of Spencer Rail to familiarise themselves with the Rules. If you require any guidance on this or any related matter, you should contact the relevant Operations Director. Please follow the links below to read more about these Rules and for further details:

Booklet Poster These Rules will be in effect as of 01 October 2012.


part of our ongoing work with the national charity Action for Children, Spencer donated 20 tickets for the ‘Circus Ronaldo’ at Hull’s Freedom Festival. These tickets gave the young carers a chance to have a break from their huge responsibilities. Hull Young Carers work with young people who look after a member of their family – whether it’s a parent with a long-term illness, someone who’s elderly or suffering from mental ill health, or dealing with the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Our CSR Manager, Julie Worman, who works closely with the charity, said: “It was a truly special night, with laughter, tears and excitement – a show which took us on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

Contact with trains Working with electricity Working at height Working with moving equipment Driving Taking responsibility

The “Life Saving Rules” build upon existing Behaviour Safety and Close Call campaigns by helping to:

Hull Young Carers’ special trip

Emergency Procedure Now that staff have been in the Humber Quays building for almost a year, it seems a fitting time for a gentle reminder about emergency procedure. It is essential that you use your card whenever you enter or exit the building, as this affects the emergency procedures. It can be tempting, if there is a group of people entering or leaving at once, to slip in and not use your card. However the electronic register is updated by people using their cards, thereby showing who is present or absent at any one time. This means that during an emergency the information would be incorrect as to who would be in the building at that time, and identifying people’s whereabouts could potentially be inaccurate. Therefore, please make sure that you use your card each time you enter and exit the building. As you may already be aware, this only applies to the main

“We always like to offer a special treat to the charities we help wherever we can, and were pleased we could offer what turned out to be an unforgettable experience for them.”

New faces Spencer welcomes some new faces in a

range of roles across the company. These include Neil Howarth, who will join the Engineering division as a Project Surveyor; Paul Gledhill, who is also joining Engineering as an Operations Director; and Yasser Abbasi, who is joining Rail South as a Project Manager.

If you want something published in the ‘In Touch’ newsletter, please contact Julie Worman. or via Skype csl.julie.worman

Wedding Bells I am sure you will join us in congratulating Marie Ennals who recently got married to her boyfriend Jamie. The happy couple tied the knot on 11th August at Lake Luzern in Switzerland, with 68 guests flying over from the UK. As you can see from the photograph, it was a beautiful day.

Spencer In Touch Issue 17  

Spencer gets its Tweet on! In this edition, we embrace Twitter, we look for your support to abolish the CITB levy and Our Marie ties the kn...