KLM UK Engineering: Winner of the 2015 Performance in Aviation Safety Awards
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KLM UK Engineering: Winner of the 2015 Performance in Aviation Safety Awards

KLM UK Engineering is the winner of the prestigious 2015 Performance in Aviation Safety Awards.

Nominated by Alex Segens, KLM UK’s Safety & Compliance Manager, the award was presented by Sir Timo Anderson KCB DSO, non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Safety and Security Committee at Flybe Group at a gala dinner on the first evening of the Fourth European Aviation Safety Awards which took place on Nov 3-4 at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel.

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Alex Segens (centre) and the KLM UK Engineering team accept their Performance in Aviation Safety Award from Sir Timo Anderson KCB DSO

KLM UK Engineering beat 10 finalists to lift the glass trophy in front of a gala dinner attended by some 200 senior executives from the industry’s top aviation organisations from around the globe.

Judges were full of praise, commenting:

“Incredibly thorough submission and plenty of supporting evidence – a sign of confidence.”

“Thoughtful and well articulated. A lot of work gone into each area. A mass of evidence to show that this is a very good example of performance in action.”

“They have demonstrated that at all times they are accountable for everything they do…very good.”

“The Significant 6 is an excellent concept and workforce centric.”

“Very good communications – at all levels – from bottom to top.”

“Safety is talked about in the boardroom – and they are working hard to get it down to shop floor.”

“They are encouraging ownership of safety at all levels.”

“There is a real passion and a belief which shines through; it is obvious that KLM ‘gets it’.

“There is lots of investment in safety which is well linked to the commercial benefits of being safe – their evidence is very well documented and clearly evidenced and recognised within the business.”

The following is a summary of KLM UK Engineering’s Award entry:

Making safety relevant and accessible to all staff

Removing barriers and challenging cultural ‘norms’ to drive Safety to be a prime consideration in every person’s decision-making process has been the driving force behind KLM UK Engineering’s (KLMUKE) safety vision and strategy. Performance is defined as proactively developing beyond regulatory compliance, working to actively engage and inspire staff at all levels in not only understanding your vision, but sharing it.

Through regular review and analysis of the Occurrence Reporting and Non Conformance systems, KLMUKE identified a similar trend in data surrounding six key maintenance standards/behaviours. Their challenge was to make this data relevant to staff right across the Organisation. Safety could no longer be the talk of the Boardroom; it needed to be the talk of staff at the grass roots level in order to help develop a culture grown from the ground up. The result is the ‘Significant 6’ – an internal ‘brand’, recognisable by all, which brings safety to life across the organisation.

Judging Panel

The awards were judged by a prestigious panel of judges who were selected for their experience, insight and practical experience of safety management at the highest levels.

  • Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton OBE RAF, Director, Military Aviation Authority (MAA)
  • Simon Roberts, UK Representative, Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SMICG) and SMS Programme Lead, UK CAA
  • Simon McNamara, Director General, European Regional Airlines Association
  • Dai Whittingham, Chair of UK Flight Safety Committee (FSC)
  • Bob Simmons, Director, Baines Simmons


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