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I am constantly being presented with new challenges and I can do what I enjoy the most - problem solve!

Leeon Poole

Rigging supervisor

UK

Joined In

2017

Works On

Plan and organise all lifting activities

Enjoys

Family time and keeping fit

Tell us about your role at Wood

I was offered a 3-year apprenticeship to gain an NVQ 3 in moving loads followed by a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. This gave me a comprehensive understanding of the forces that are applied throughout the lift. With this knowledge I wanted to plan and coordinate lifts, so I completed my appointed person course to allow me to take on a supervisor role.

I joined Wood in 2017 as the appointed person and rigging supervisor on a maintenance contract. My role consists of planning lifts and overseeing a team of riggers. I’ve introduced a number of improvements including a new lift plan system and updating procedures.

When you reflect on your career at Wood what makes you most proud?

Although I have only been with Wood a short time, I have gained the respect of my colleagues and the workforce but also the customer at all levels. In the time I have been employed, the rigging workforce have been 100% accident and incident free which is a significant achievement and something that really attracted me to join the team at Wood.

What would you tell your friends about working at Wood?

Wood is a great company to work for as they provide lots of training opportunities. Whenever I have required training for myself or my team it has been supplied. In my role I am trusted to work autonomously and can make changes efficiently. There is no doubt that safety is the highest priority.

Outside of work what drives you?

I have a young family, so it is important to me that I spend as much time with them as possible. To see them grow and to be a good role model is a high priority for me and I’m very grateful to Wood for allowing me to do this. Aside from my family, I am a keen cyclist and over the past few years I have taken up triathlons which takes up a lot of my early mornings before work, either running or in the pool.

I’m really passionate about the lifting industry, I am a member of various online lifting sites which keep me up to date on new equipment and techniques of lifting, along with all the heavy lifts going on around the world.