The campaign on the Corrib Gas project is part of Shell’s drive towards Goal Zero which aims to achieve the target of zero accidents or incidents, zero spills and zero fatalities throughout the company’s worldwide operations.

Initiatives undertaken in the campaign include the provision of defensive driving courses for all of the Corrib workforce, the provision of winter driving kits in the community, a second level safe driving programme delivered to the four schools in the Erris catchment, drivers’ Certificate of Professional Competence courses delivered under the Erris Enterprise Week initiative, a safe driving DVD as part of an Ibec West Safe Winter Driving Campaign run in conjunction with the RSA and Ibec affiliated companies in the West of Ireland.

Accepting the award, Michael Crothers, MD SEPIL, said the RSA was an outstanding organisation that had saved countless lives and reduced injuries across the country. “We are deeply honoured by this recognition by the RSA of our efforts to promote road safety.

“Driving is the single biggest risk for all workers on the Corrib project. Hundreds of people drive in and out to work every day. There are thousands of HGV deliveries to the project and the continuous movement of specialist resources back and forth from Ireland’s airports.

“We’ve worked very proactively to keep all road users safe through millions of kilometres driven and an excellent example of that is our HGV team which recently passed 5 million km driven incident-free in 2013 alone,” he said.