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Amey Safety Research Programme Graded as ‘Outstanding’


A three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme between leading public services provider Amey and Leeds Beckett University has been graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Innovate UK, one of only 10% of projects to get this accolade.

The behavioural safety research project, SafetySmart, has led to the development of a unique measurement tool to assess the impact employee behaviours and attitudes have on safety incidents. The tool is now being used in Amey’s Consulting and Rail Business. 

Rob Doyle, Director of HSEQ for Amey Consulting and Rail said: “We are particularly proud and honoured to achieve a grading of outstanding for our ambitious and complex KTP. It has certainly challenged, yet supported our approach in developing a tailored behavioural safety framework which has been invaluable.”

Dr Jim Morgan, Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett said: “As advocates of the KTP initiative, we are privileged to receive this outstanding rating from Innovate UK in recognition for the school’s capability in the application of psychological theory and methods to improve real world safety management.”

The KTP delivery structure and three-year project timeline allowed Amey’s Consulting and Rail business to conduct an in-depth evaluation of company practices on how it uses employee reporting tools and data for reporting safety incidents, and identify gaps and opportunities for improvements.

Dr Russ Bromley, Knowledge Transfer Advisor for the Knowledge Transfer network, added: “Impacting and improving the collective and individual behaviours of a large company can be difficult to achieve. This project has made a welcome contribution to the avoidance of accidents and the methods used have won the admiration of the academic community through associated publications and conference proceedings. Simply, but profoundly, it adds up to a win-win KTP project of which I am most proud to have facilitated”.


Key facts about Amey

Amey, with a turnover of £2.2bn, employs 19,000 people internationally with a focus on the UK, but with businesses in Australia and America.

Our aim is to make the world a better place to live, work and travel. Designing, building, maintaining and investing in the UK’s services and infrastructure in partnership with our clients.

This means keeping core services running smoothly across the country: utilities, transport, engineering, justice, defence, environmental and waste services, and facilities management. These are underpinned by our leading consulting and asset management capabilities, which allow us to offer standalone or integrated service solutions to a range of clients.

Amey is owned by Ferrovial. They are one of the world’s leading infrastructure management and investment companies. Ferrovial has more than 96,000 employees and a presence in over 15 countries. It is a member of Spain’s blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in prestigious sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good. Ferrovial’s activities focus on four business sectors: construction, airports, toll roads and services. Amey is part of the Services division.

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