Richard Sowerby, Foreman.

I started my career in 1993 and joined Waitings as a labourer. I left in 1997 to progress within the industry before returning …

I have held various positions from a machine driver to a miner, where my R. Sowerbyduties included operating drill riggs, driving loading shovels, and even using explosives to extract rock.  We worked within a small team where health and safety was paramount – just like Waitings. After a year as a Foreman, managing and delivering projects within the civil engineering field I returned back to Waitings in 2010, and worked my way up to my current Foreman role. I have always enjoyed the pipeline side of it all, and I enjoy working for a company which is a family-run business and the staff are treated as such.

My job involves delivering every aspect of civil engineering from start to finish. Looking after my workers and our customers, my role is very diverse from ordering materials to driving machines but always being the face of Waitings and representing the company on the job that we are undertaking.

I recently worked at Pooley Bridge after Storm Desmond.  Removing the collapsed bridge from the River Eamont, and then constructing and completing a temporary bridge working alongside other construction companies.  Although the circumstances were difficult with so much flooding in the county, this was a fantastic flood recovery project to be involved with – a part of history!

I receive plenty of regular training opportunities and these have included City and Guilds Confined Spaces, First Aid Training and Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme. I consider one of the best things about working for Waitings is knowing our Director of Operations, Adrian has a lot of trust in me – allowing me to run a job independently but always knowing that I have support if I need it.  Working as part of a team is very rewarding as is the variety and scope of works that we undertake within the company, and no one day is ever the same.