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KTL's second nutritional wellbeing post comes from the HSE's "making the most of every bite" article.
The article gives tips on how to help you get more calories and protein from food whilst staying healthy.
Why do I need more calories and protein?
Calories in food are what give your body energy. Protein is known as the ‘building block’ of the body, helping it build, repair and maintain strength.
How can I make sure I get enough calories and protein in my diet?
Eat little and often. Aim for three small meals as well as two to three snacks each day.
Eat high-protein foods - Good sources of protein are meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and nuts.
You can also get protein from pulse vegetables like peas, beans and lentils.
Avoid foods that say they are low calorie, ‘light’, low-fat, reduced fat, reduced sugar or ‘diet’ foods.
Take nourishing drinks - Be careful not to fill up on drinks like tea or coffee, or packet soups.
The HSA has published its sixth Strategy Statement since the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005. The strategy covers 2022 – 2024 and has been developed in the context of rapidly evolving external factors, which are being shaped in particular by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also covers key developments in Ireland and across the EU.
View the Full Strategy Statement document below.
We’re excited to announce KTL’s 60 Days Exercise Challenge!
Exercise for 2km or 20 minutes per day for 60 days.
You can do any exercise, suggestions include:
- Bike riding
Fresh air and exercise makes everyone feel good!
Participants who complete the full 60 Days will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five cash prizes worth €100/£100! Vouchers can be used for anything such as a hotel break, afternoon tea with a friend, a trip to the Zoo with the family, or even towards new fitness gear!
The challenge starts on the 17th January and completes on the 17th March.
To participate, please notify Claire Scally.
To find out more please see full details here:
KTL's focus this January is on nutritional wellbeing. January can be a tiring month for everyone, especially after a hectic Christmas period where some of us may have over indulged with food and drink.
This article from Healthline focuses on foods that beat fatigue.
"Your body runs off what you feed it. The best way to get the most energy from your food is to make sure you’re giving yourself the best food possible."
The top 11 food and drink tips are:
- Unprocessed foods
- Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Non-caffeinated beverages
- Lean proteins
- Whole grains and complex carbs
- Nuts and seeds
- Vitamins and supplements
- Chia seeds.
To read the full article visit:
In addition to the existing Critical Illness Benefit, KTL will now be providing another benefit for our long serving employees. Employees with five years or more service will be entitled to Income Protection Benefit.
This will apply to employees who are long term absent due to illness or injury. The benefit will entitle employees to a payment of 75% of salary, less relevant social welfare entitlements, which will start after an employee has been absent for 26 weeks due to illness or injury. This payment will continue until the employee reaches age 65, or is fit to return to work.
In our second post on safe winter driving we go through the importance of having a clear windscreen and tips on driving in icy conditions.
Ensure all your windows are clean and free from snow and bring a scraper and de-icer with you. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision.
Check your lights and indicators as falling snow reduces visibility. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged. If your car has rear wheel drive the addition of extra weight in the boot, such as a bag of sand or cement, will help your wheels to grip.
Driving advice in icy conditions
It takes longer to stop a vehicle in snow or on icy roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. During your journey remember the following:
Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
Keep your windows clear of snow during your journey.
Manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking, acceleration or steering as these can induce a skid.
Use the highest gear possible to reduce the engine revs as this will help avoid wheel spin.
When travelling downhill, especially through a series of bends, select a low gear as early as possible and allow your speed to reduce using the brake pedal gently.
#KTL, #ConnectingCommunities, #SafeWinterDriving
The roads can be dangerous in winter when there's snow, ice or sleet. Our top tip is to take it slow. Stopping distances can be 10 times longer when it's icy. Gentle manoeuvres and slow speeds are the key to safe driving in ice and snow.
In the season of winter colds, don't drive with a cold if you're feeling unwell and are on any medicine that could make you drowsy. It could affect your reaction times.
Before you leave:
· Allow extra time for winter journeys.
· Plan routes around major roads, which are more likely to be cleared and gritted.
· Try to get up at least 10 minutes early to give you time to de-ice the car.
· Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving so your feet don't slip on the pedals.
· Check fuel levels – have at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delays.
· Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer and wait until the windscreen's fully demisted.
· If you drive an automatic, check the handbook – some have a winter mode or recommend selecting ‘2’ in slippery conditions.
· Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
· If you have to use your brakes, apply them gently.
· Driving uphill – leave plenty of room between other cars or wait until it’s clear so you don’t have to stop part way up. Keep a constant speed and try to avoid having to change gear on the hill.
· Driving downhill – slow down before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid braking. Leave as much room as you can after the car in front.
#KTL, #ConnectingCommunities, #SafeWinterDriving
Wow! KTL have reached the grand milestone of 10,000 LinkedIn followers - a huge thank you for all your support!
We are so grateful to all our staff, customers and followers as we continue to deliver next generation networks and connect communities.
Alan Hanamy CEO KTL shared this message, “As we wind down our busiest year ever at KTL, I would like to thank all our Clients for their continued support this year. 2021 has been particularly challenging, with the never-ending Covid restrictions and the recent Macro Economic challenges. Our Clients have worked proactively with us to ensure we continue to safely deliver next generation networks and Connecting Communities”.
Happy Christmas to all. I wish you all the best for 2022.
Celebrate safely this festive season - stay safe and protect each other.
· Minimise in person contacts
· Wear a face covering and wash hands regularly
· Shop safely, avoid crowds indoors and outside
· If you feel unwell, don't risk it – stay home and contact your GP
· Keep fresh air circulating in your home
#KTL, #ConnectingCommunities, #SafeChristmasChecklist
As a token of appreciation to all our staff, we have been busy distributing over 300 Christmas Hampers!
A huge thank you to all KTL staff for your hard work and dedication in 2021 - it is very much appreciated.
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Stay Safe and a Happy New Year for 2022!
We look forward to the new year ahead as we continue our mission of delivering next generation networks and #ConnectingCommunities.
It is important that everyone at KTL gets home safe for Christmas.
Statistically, the run up to a holiday period is a high-risk time as people socialise more and are often distracted as they look forward to the break. They may often rush to get their tasks completed, so that they can finish-up earlier.
The goal for the ‘Safe Home for Christmas’ campaign is to be ‘Mindful’ when undertaking daily tasks and please adhere to safe working procedures that will greatly reduce the likelihood of incurring an injury on site.
#KTL, #ConnectingCommunities, #SafeHomeForChristmas
View the KTL Christmas Video Below.
Aaron Healy and Dylan Healy are completing an apprenticeship in Telecommunications and Data Network Engineering over 24 months with KTL, which incorporates both on-the-job elements and off-the-job class and practical laboratories in TU Tallaght, Dublin. The qualification upon completion is a Higher Certificate in Engineering in Telecommunications and Data Network Engineering (Level 6).
We spoke to Philip Hanna, Project Manager and KTL Apprenticeship mentor about his role and also spoke to Aaron and Dylan about their experience on the programme over the last 12 months.
Philip Hanna, “There is a need for training technicians in the telecommunications industry in Ireland.
By participating in the apprenticeship scheme benefits from gaining skilled technicians while also supporting local employment”.
Aaron Healy, Apprentice Telecommunications Engineer, “The apprenticeship scheme is a terrific way to earn and learn while looking great on the CV.”
Dylan Healy, Apprentice Telecommunications Engineer, “I am involved in all aspects of field work on telecoms sites. What I enjoy most is the tower climbs. The views are stunning from up to on average 50-metres height!”.
Check out the KTL Telecoms Apprenticeship Visual Story below.
Today the 30th November is St. Andrews Day.
It is a Scottish holiday, which welcomes in the winter season. It is a celebration of Scottish culture where the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties is popular.
Haggis, for those of you who don’t know is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt and stock. (Not for everyone!)
We caught up with Paul Korzeniewski Project Director for KTL - a proud Scotsman who told us how he and his family celebrate,
“We like to take the opportunity to visit some of the historic parts of Scotland and learn a bit more about its heritage. A day out in Edinburgh is great for this as there is so much to choose from, throughout all the era’s. In the evening we like to indulge with the Scottish tradition of Haggis however the kids are not that fond now they know what’s in it but gives them the feel of the Scottish delicacies with some folk music in the background to set the atmosphere”.
Paul was also kind enough to share some facts about St. Andrews Day that many would not know:
- St Andrew was not Scottish. The patron saint was born in Bethsaida, Galilee, now Israel.
- While he was revered in Scotland from around 1,000 AD, he didn’t become Scotland’s official patron saint until the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
- St. Andrew came to Scotland because of a vision. Legend has it that St Andrew’s first relics ended up in Scotland thanks to St Rule or St Regulus, a Greek monk who had a vision in which he was told to take them to the ends of the earth for safekeeping. His journey took him to the shores of Fife, St Andrews - today.
- He is not just the patron saint of Scotland. He is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Italy’s Amalfi and Barbados. As well as the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats. - - St Andrew is also the patron saint of the Order of the Thistle, one of the highest ranks of chivalry in the world, second only to the Order of the Garter.
From all at KTL, we wish everyone celebrating St. Andrews Day a wonderful day.
#KTL #ConnectingCommunities #StAndrewsDay
Emily Gallen is a 3rd year Business and Management student at Maynooth University and is also a Project Co-Ordinator intern at KTL.
"Since beginning with KTL I have been really driven to improve my management skills, so the Project Co-Ordinator role has been an absolutely perfect fit. I get to see all the different angles of the project team and how everyone contributes to a result. It has been a real eye-opening experience for me."
Check out Emily's employee story in this short video below.
International Men's Day is celebrated on the 19th of November each year in 80 countries worldwide.
It is intended to promote men's health and wellbeing.
Check in on the men in your life today as some may be finding it tough to deal with the pressures of life and may feel they are expected to refrain from asking for help.
Today is also about redefining masculinity and making sure the young men of today have male role models to look up too.
Here are some statistics that show why we need to promote men's health and wellbeing:
87% – The percentage of rough sleepers who are men.
73% – The percentage of people who go missing that are male.
76% – The percentage of suicides that are by men.
8.7% – The percentage of men who are alcohol dependent.
26% – The percentage of men who suffer from high cholesterol.
76 – The life expectancy of a man born in the U.S.
22% – The percentage of men who have experienced mental health problems in the last year.
It is also a reminder that we should strive for positive relations across the entire gender spectrum.
Dom Mackinnon is a Technical Manager for KTL.
Dominic is responsible for helping the project team with deployment related issues, to aid new suppliers, onboarding of new people and processes.
He is currently supporting and upskilling the team in IT to access and utilise client tools that will help them do their role more effectively.
When asked what he enjoys most about working for KTL, Dominic said, “KTL gives great flexibility and the ability to improve and upskill for ourselves and the projects we’re working on. I feel valued as a member of the team.”
Check out Dominic’s employee story below.
In 2020, KTL implemented a Safety Observation process to replace the commonly referred to Near Miss reporting process.
KTL has not defined what is safe vs. what is not safe. The intent is to provide a quick and easy means of raising issues.
All issues raised are shared with KTL back-office resources who review, action, track and trend the information reported.
Duncan Mackintosh SHEQ Director KTL said, “Prior to this change in terminology, KTL were receiving only 10’s of near misses each month.
Now KTL receives 100’s of safety observations reports. This year alone, across the business we have had 2647 safety observations reported.
This increase in reporting has allowed KTL to plan better and report site issues to the client or site provider.
Ultimately the reporting supports to make site conditions safer for those in the field.”
“This information has led to identifying the most common issues working on telecommunication sites, which are a) how safely the team gain access to the site
b) how they safely leave the site
This knowledge has heightened the KTL team’s awareness across both these two areas in order to improve site safety standards.”
Anthony Heys SHEQ Advisor said, “Safety Observation reporting is about increasing engagement for those on-site. It is to ensure works being planned and carried out take into consideration the issues reported. A Safety Observation leaflet has been developed for KTL on-site teams to ‘see, scan and report’ issues quickly and easily.”
Happy Diwali, India’s festival of lights.
Pragna Pankhania, Project Co-ordinator at KTL shared with us what Diwali means to her and how she celebrates the festival with her family. “Diwali is a time to throw away unwanted items - clean, repaint and refurbish homes. The tradition behind it is that Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) graces those homes that are absolutely clean. On the day, we decorate our homes with clay lamps, strings of lights, ribbons, and many other decorations. Using coloured powder or flower petals, colourful rangoli in traditional patterns are drawn at the doorways.”
Pragna also shared some facts about Diwali that many people may not know. “The month of Karthik marks the end of harvest season in India and farmers offer their harvest to Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity. The English city of Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India, usually on Belgrave, Melton Road, commonly known as the “Golden Mile”. There is a stage erected on the main road and this is used for people to read or sing various religious mantras. Music is played the along the Golden Mile and the full stretch of road is lit with lamps and lights. A fireworks display is also held in the adjoining park.”
To all those celebrating, we wish you a fantastic festival of lights.
Christian D’Agostino recently joined KTL as a CAD Technician.
He is responsible for making accurate drawings of a network deployment including the antennas,
technology and cabinets, ensuring they are precise and to scale.
When asked what he enjoys most about working at KTL, Christian had this to say,
“I have just started with KTL, and it is the best job I’ve ever had! I love what I do – digital design.
There is good variety to the work I do with KTL, it is great experience so far.
The work from home is cool. I save a lot of time by not travelling.
My home office set up is great and my chair is so comfortable!”
Check out Christian’s employee story below:
On day five of #CIFSafety21 ‘Managing Hazardous Energies’ for Construction Safety week, KTL would like to focus on Safe Dig.
This is critical for KTL network upgrades including 5G, connecting and installing fibre optic cable, installing Chambers, rod and roping, and the installation of new pipe for fibre optics. The work takes place everywhere, from a busy high street to suburban areas and quite countryside lanes.
Statistically, cable strikes occur when excavators, breakers or other tools make contact with power cables. When equipment or machinery is used near underground cables the risk must be considered and controlled in the interests of yourself and everyone else.
To avoid serious incidences please:
• Get the basics right.
• Familiarise yourself with the site.
• Always read and understand the RAMS.
• Use the permit to dig process.
• Check you have the correct utility drawings, and you understand what utilities are in the ground.
• Always assume, that underground cables are live even when damaged.
On day four of #CIFSafety21 ‘Safe Lifting’, Safe Plant for Construction Safety Week, KTL would like to remind everyone of the importance of safety when lifting equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of lifting equipment, you must make sure it is safe.
• Think about what the risks are and how they can be managed i.e., damage or deterioration of the equipment caused by wet, abrasive, or corrosive environments.
• Think before lifting weights that are too heavy and exceed the load limit of the machine.
All lifting and plant operations must be properly planned and coordinated with all equipment certified and inspected by trained and competent personnel.
Safe management of lifting and plant operations is key to managing safety on site.
KTL is committed to right first time.
Work Safe = Home Safe.
Be Alert! Accidents Hurt!
On day three of #CIFSafety21 ‘Work Safe at Height’, Gravity Kills for Construction Safety week, KTL would like to emphasise how safety at height is paramount in the workplace.
In 2020/21, 35 fatal injuries were due to falls from a height accounting for 25% of all worker deaths over the year source.
The main hazards of work at height are:
• Person(s) falling e.g. Whilst unloading/loading a vehicle with no edge protection.
• Person(s) falling into an excavation hole at ground level
• Person(s) falling from antenna masts
• Falling object(s) injuring people or damaging property below.
• Falls from collapsing structures, e.g. Fragile roofs.
• Avoid or eliminate risk.
• Carry out risk assessment prior to work.
• Apply controls applied in priority order.
• Monitor and review controls.
• Ensure emergency arrangements are in place.
• Implement maintenance procedures.
• Provide information and training.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ campaign raises awareness of poor mental health. In the UK, two construction workers take their own lives every working day and stress, anxiety, and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illnesses.
This charity provides a huge range of pro-active support and resources for the construction community including a 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline details follow and a free app and mental health training.
UK: 0345 605 1956
ROI: 1800 939 122
On day two of #CIFSafety21 ‘Mind Your Health’ – look out for one another for Construction Safety week, our focus is on where to turn to if you need help.
At KTL, we see Mental Health and Wellbeing as a critical component of the company’s safety culture.
KTL give all staff access to an Employee Assistance Programme and also access to the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
Health Assured, UK and Laya Healthcare, Ireland provide caring support to both you and your immediate family if you need it. They can help with stress and anxiety, debt, work-lifestyle addictions, relationships, and legal issues.
Health Assured, 0800 0280199 or visit http://ow.ly/Z32L50GxuQ3
Laya Healthcare, 1800 911 909 or visit http://ow.ly/YXrC50GxuQ1
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. Lighthouse Club was formed to offer aid and assistance to ill or injured construction workers.
On day one of #CIFSafety21 ‘Drive Safe’ this bank holiday (and everyday) for Construction Safety week, our focus is on tyre safety.
The safety of you, along with the safety of your passengers and other road users, could depend directly on the condition of your vehicle’s tyres.
There are several tell-tale signs you should keep an eye out for:
• Cracking or crazing of the side wall of the tyre, caused by its flexing.
• Distortion of the tyre tread.
• Deformation of the main body of the tyre.
It is important to check your tyres regularly for:
• A minimum tread depth of 1.6mm on the tyre, anything less is illegal.
• The condition of tyres can be checked by visual inspection.
• Tyre pressure should be checked at your local service station regularly.
Check out the RSA Tyre Safety Information Guide and Highways England Vehicle Safety Guide.
Next week is CIF Construction Safety week and KTL will be taking part by posting informational content on each day of the week.
The aim of the content is to reinforce and promote the importance of safety, health, and overall wellbeing in work.
Each day will follow a specific health and safety theme:
Monday 25th - Drive Safe this Bank Holiday
Tuesday 26th - Mind Your Health
Wednesday 27th - Work Safe at Height
Thursday 28th - Safe Lifting / Safe Plant
Friday 29th – Managing Hazardous Energies
For more information on Construction Safety Week and how you can get involved visit https://lnkd.in/ge9uaR3
Multi-factor authentication is an important security feature, especially for your most important online accounts. Your usernames and passphrases are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.
Multi-factor authentication can help fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
For more information about cyber security month visit: https://lnkd.in/eYiABmx
At KTL, we are all about building and maintaining a great team.
We know that it is the people at KTL who make the company consistently successful, and we do what we can to recognise and reward that.
Check out this short video which highlights just some of the great benefits KTL employees receive.
- Employee Assistance Program – Free counselling service available 24/7, 365 days per year.
- Educational Assistance – We provide opportunities for training, education and support promotion.
- Life Assurance Benefit – Provided from day one of your employment.
- Leave – 25 days annual leave.
- Maternity, Paternity and Parents Leave – Top ups available for new parents.
- Competitive Insurance Packages – Personal, car, home and life insurance.
- Bike to Work Scheme – A brand new bike and safety equipment worth up to €1,250.
- Healthcare – 10% Laya Healthcare insurance.
- Personal Retirement Savings Account Scheme.
- Free Parking at Head Office.
- Critical Illness Cover – Lump sum benefit if you become seriously ill.
- Working from home for certain roles.
- Online Gym.
Week two of cyber security month we are emphasising the importance of thinking before you click on links in emails and texts.
Cybercriminals cast wide nets with #phishing tactics, hoping to drag in victims. They may offer a financial reward, threaten you if you don’t engage, or claim that someone is in need of help.
Stop, take a moment, and think before you click. #BeCyberSmart
October is cyber security awareness month.
Keeping our interconnected world secure requires all of us to be proactive and diligent. Learn how you can #BeCyberSmart this #CyberSecurityAwarenessMonthby following these links:
KTL have invested in a Digital Frontline Leadership Course for staff.
The objective of this course was to provide formal PICW (Person in Charge of Work) training to support staff in making safe and effective decisions on site.
This course was developed by an industry leading specialist Gateway HSW Consultants and is accredited by a third party.
Duncan MacKintosh, SHEQ Director, KTL Group said, “The aim of the frontline leadership course, is to add formal training to the experience and skills of those in a PICW role. The feedback received supports this aim with 100% of those who completed the course saying it will help them in their future work”.
By 2026, 5G networks will carry more than half of the world’s smartphone traffic.
Operators are facing growing demand for connectivity, and this has intensified 5G rollouts and particularly the need for streetworks and streetworks furniture in urban and suburban areas.
Urban and suburban areas pose many challenges when designing and building streetworks solutions including aesthetics, access, underground services, public interfaces, council interaction and approval, and road closures.
KTL have designed and successfully installed 450 streetworks sites in the last 24 months, and we have over 500 in different stages of planning to complete in the next 18 months.
KTL’s proven track record, hard work and reliability to deliver on these volumes across all phases of the programme lifecycle including design, planning and project management is all underpinned by putting safety first.
If you have any queries about streetworks – contact us today, https://www.ktl.ie/contact.
Today is World Heart Day.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer. It results in 18.6 million deaths a year. The most common causes of CVD are smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. There are currently 520 million people in the world who suffer from CVD. This past 18 months have been particularly tough for them as they have been more at risk of Covid, meaning many have been left isolated from family and friends due to needing to take extra precautions.
This year the World Heart Foundation are asking everyone #useheart to connect and harness the power of digital by sharing inspirational stories, healthy heart tips or by simply creating a social post or following the World Heart Foundation on social media.
Is your vehicle ready for winter?
KTL are promoting safe driving during the winter period.
Bad weather such as torrential rain, severe winds, fog, freezing fog, ice and snow can strike suddenly catching road users off guard. If using the roads in such conditions is unavoidable you should always be well prepared for your journey. Making sure your vehicle is ready for extreme weather conditions is the first step to being winter ready.
According to HSA Safe Driving Advice to prepare your car for winter you should:
• Service your vehicle so that it is safe for winter driving.
• Top up with anti-freeze and screen wash.
• Check for wear and tear on wiper blades and replace them as soon as they start to smear rather than clean windows.
• Keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer's recommended level and check you have at least 3 millimetres of tread depth.
• Make sure all vehicle lights are working and clean.
Plant Manager with KTL, Donal Gray added some excellent advice for staying safe on the roads this winter:
• Keep your fuel level topped up at all times.
• Complete your daily vehicle checks.
• Report any vehicle defects immediately.
• Be aware of adverse and unfamiliar road conditions i.e. Black Ice
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded with the Platinum Standard, requalifying for the seventh consecutive year in Ireland’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte.
Ireland’s best managed companies awards programme promotes and recognises excellence in Irish-owned and -managed companies.
It is the only awards scheme in Ireland that considers a business’s performance from every perspective.
Well done to all the KTL team.
Featured: Danny Byrne, FCA, Chief Financial Officer, KTL.
Darryl Ginn entered the telecommunications sector upon leaving the army and has developed a wealth of experience ever since. As a Senior Network Engineer, Darryl has deep experience of rolling out 3G networks for leading mobile communications companies.
Now a Build Manager for KTL UK, Darryl is responsible for upgrading network infrastructure while having as little downtime as possible to the network, and as little disturbance to site providers and the general public.
“I feel very privileged to be a part of KTL, especially during this current pandemic. I feel very fortunate to be using my skills to support ongoing telecommunications projects.”
With four children and two grandchildren, Darryl’s time outside of work revolves around his family. He is an avid sports fan with a particular love for Portsmouth F.C and enjoys listening to audiobooks and making home brew beer.
Andrew Kozlowski is a SHEQ Advisor for KTL. He recently undertook the influencing skills course, which was designed to help support effective communication and provide education on how to tackle difficult and challenging situations.
Andrew gave us his feedback on the course:
“The course was beneficial and well presented. The key take away for me is - I’ve learnt how to project my voice whilst talking to colleagues on video calls, which takes up a lot of my week working from home.
I feel my in-person communication skills have also improved as a result of this course. Thank you to KTL for the opportunity to do this course from home.”
To our dedicated warehouse staff who continue to work tirelessly to keep our communities connected for a better tomorrow – thank you.
KTL are shining a light on the Unsung Heroes of the pandemic in this short video.
“…We would like to think that our role in the warehouse in KTL contributed to helping keep Ireland connected during the pandemic”, Dermot Healy, Warehouse and Logistics Manager.
Pawel Ambroziak is a Design Solution Engineer for KTL.
He is responsible for controlling the entire process of site design.
Pawel has come a long way since joining KTL in 2006 and has worked in many positions. “I started in KTL as a third man in the rigging team, then became a rigging team leader, RBS and Tx Commissioner and Project Tech Lead. I then joined the design team as Site Surveyor up to my current position.”
Check out Pawel’s employee story here:
As well as life assurance and critical illness cover KTL have a number of free to access value added benefits with Aston Lark Insurance.
Additional benefits include access to professionals in the following areas:
- Mental Health
- Wellbeing and Healthy Living
- Financial Wellbeing
- Legal and more.
To read more about KTL’s additional value-added benefits follow this link:
Andrew Kozlowski who recently joined KTL as a SHEQ advisor, is our latest employee story. Andrew is currently working across two projects which are based in the UK. He performs an advisory role within the project team on all matters relating to health and safety including carrying out both visual and remote site audits.
Despite being new to the role Andrews performance has not gone unnoticed by his project director Paul Korzeniewski.
“Andrew is a new addition to the team and despite this, he has taken the bull by the horns and integrated into a large, fast paced project with ease. No task is too big, he continually clears down his workload with ease and minimal input from the project team. He has been a great addition to the team and will be an asset to KTL as he continues to grow within the company”.
Check out Andrews employee story here:
Stephen Coen is a Senior Health & Safety Advisor for KTL and is our latest employee story.
“I really enjoy engaging with people and influencing change in communication and safety awareness at KTL”.
Check out Stephen’s story here:
KTL team to the rescue!!
On Thursday 15th of July , around 10.00pm in Derby, Anthony Burke, KTL Supervisor, was on site with the Rotarod crew in Derby, who were flushing out sections of the ducting on the Derby Rail scheme. At around 10:20pm they heard a loud bang. They found that 30 meters from where they were working a car had swerved off the road, hitting a property wall and had pinned a lady underneath the car.
The team went straight to the scene to assist and waited for emergency services to arrive. The lady was obviously distressed, so they stayed with her until assistance came.
The crew followed this up by visiting the family in person, bringing with them some flowers and a get-well card.
Well done Anthony and team. All at KTL wish Sumaira a speedy and full recovery.
June's site photo competition winner was submitted by Irinel Sacuiu who is a Transmission Engineer at KTL.
The photo was taken in County Donegal on the access road up to a site just outside Mount Charles, the crew were doing a TX upgrade on site. Congratulations to Irinel.
Recently, a number of the KTL SHEQ team undertook an influencing skills training course.
Its intent was to provide people with the skills to engage and communicate in an effective manner and arm them with the skills to be able to tackle difficult and challenging situations.
Anthony Heys Tech IOSH, SHEQ Advisor UK gave us his feedback from the course.
“The training course had a knowledgeable and passionate instructor who imparted their wisdom on how to influence, negotiate and persuade. This course was a good opportunity to discuss a topic with likeminded people; some familiar, some not so familiar. It was successfully delivered remotely and the content didn’t suffer. My key learning is understanding how to successfully persuade or influence a decision.“
KTL are delighted to announce that we have passed the recent ISO recertification with flying colours.
We caught up with KTL SHEQ Director, Duncan Mackintosh CMIOSH to discuss the ISO accreditation.
“KTL have completed the annual ISO audit for ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. I am / KTL are pleased to share that we have maintained our triple badge ISO accreditation with nothing but positive comments from the auditors on KTL adoption of the ISO principles of continuous improvement.”
“This annual audit reported zero observations in relations to opportunities for improvement and zero non-conformance for failing to meet the requirement of the standard. Well done to all the team involved. The process was excellent, all remote due to on-going COVID restrictions.”
KTL life assurance employee benefit
KTL has a Group Life Assurance scheme for all employees with Aston LarkInsurance. The scheme provides a benefit of 2X your annual salary and is in place while you are an employee from the age of 16 until you reach the age of 65.
In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.
We spoke to Dylan Healy a KTL Apprentice Telecommunications Engineer. This is what he had to say about his role. “I have learned a lot of new skills while on my apprenticeship at KTL including personal and professional skills some of which include communication skills, time management, logistics and stock management. I am learning new skills every day, which I thoroughly enjoy. I hope to develop my career with KTL and look forward to becoming a skilled member of the KTL team”.
KTL critical illness cover employee benefit.
KTL has a Group Critical Illness scheme for all employees with Aston LarkInsurance. The scheme provides a benefit of 75% of your salary, payable in the event that you are diagnosed with one of a list of specified critical illness conditions such as cancer, stroke or heart attack.
Employees must have 1 year of service and you qualify for this benefit from the age of 16, until you reach age 65. Dependent children aged between six months and 18 years are also automatically covered for a list of specific critical illness conditions, at 25% of your benefit, to a maximum of £20,000 each.
Ciaran McDermott is a KTL Senior Project Manager in Ireland.
“I enjoy the challenge of delivering for the customer and the good relationships built with the project teams”.
Check out Ciaran’s employee story here: http://ow.ly/ORjj50FrxFt
KTL are delighted to announce that from the 1st of July our employees can now benefit from the UK Cycle to Work Scheme.
We have teamed up with Cycle Solutions - the Cycle to Work Scheme to encourage KTL employees to cycle to work, which can lead to the following benefits:
- Reduce your carbon footprint by up to 600kg per year
- Cycle together with friends and colleagues as part of a healthy routine
- Get fit and active
For more on KTL benefits visit: https://www.ktl.ie/careers
KTL are hiring an Environmental Lead
The Environmental Lead will be responsible for ensuring organisational compliance with environmental obligations and will assist project planning to ensure no harm is caused to the environment. Qualifications in Environmental and ISO Management are required.
For more information on the requirements and responsibilities for the role visit:
Please email your CV to email@example.com
KTL are hiring a Senior Quantity Surveyor.
The Sr Quantity Surveyor will work within the Project Team completing build tenders and management of project costs. This is a remote position with meetings on site/Naas required occasionally. You will be reporting to the project director of the Ireland power division.
Today marks the anniversary of the stonewall riots and where millions from around the world traditionally celebrate Pride Day 2021.
Whether your celebrations are taking place virtually or on the streets in the form of a colourful carnival, we wish everyone a happy and enjoyable Pride Day 2021.
Adnan Hanif is a Senior Project Consultant for KTL UK.
“Some of my favourite things to do are to improve processes, implement new strategies, mentor the team and create efficiencies.”
What are your current responsibilities? I am responsible for the leadership of a project team to deliver MBNL T&A Build program on time, within budget, safely and to the quality standards in line with the client’s requirements and agreed contractual SLA/KPI’s.
Could you share some achievements in the role? For the MBNL T&A Build project for 2021, over 70% of our sites are Right First Time/Almost-Right First Time and we also have over 80% delivery success rate this year. These achievements have been well praised in terms of quality, delivery, and financial efficiency. Credit goes to the whole team.
Outside of work, what are your hobbies and interests? I am a tech lover at heart. I enjoy a game of badminton, snooker and sometimes golf and I am also fond of visiting new places.
Every day we hear about and seek out information on the most effective means of maintaining and improving our mental health. So much of the information out there focuses on methods of dealing with the results of poor mental health, but what if we could proactively prevent the consequences of poor mental health before they ever occur?
We can engage in better eating and exercise habits to ensure healthy bodies; how can we do the same for our brains? On a recent Real Health Podcast, Karl Henry was joined by Kimberley Wilson, a psychologist who encourages others to consider the brain in a more physical way, as we would the heart or the liver.
The podcast is full of fantastic tips for exercising our brains and promoting mental health. Kimberley also discusses the effects of poor diet and stress on our brains.
To check out this and other fantastic Real Health Podcasts click here: http://ow.ly/8yQb50FhHrS
Paul Korzeniewski was recently promoted to KTL Project Director – many congratulations!
Paul’s promotion comes after joining the KTL group a few short months ago in late 2020, which is impressive.
KTL have completed the last 5G site for EE in Norwich
The full site upgrade included new steel work, new antennas, new RRU’s, new fibre and feeder run, new BTS, power works and site integration. The site was issued a priority one status due to it being the last site in the portfolio in the Norwich area to get full 5G coverage.
KTL managed the project from instruction through build and integration of the site. Strong team work from all involved was needed on this difficult site due to bad weather conditions and limited design information from the start.
“Massive well done to the KTL team for getting the Norwich priority one site over the line – KTL worked hard to keep it to plan despite the challenges. We really needed this site to hit the towns and cities target! Thanks again”, Eddie Korzeniewski, Network Delivery, EE
Well done to all the KTL team involved which included Kevin Leahy (DM), Mihai Florescu, Muica Adrian Florin, Andrew Rose-McGuckin, Steven Frisbee, Thomas McDonald, VYTAUTAS PETKEVICIUS, Martynas Petkevicius, Domas Galbuogis, Antanas Strioga, Modestas Kavaliauskas, Mindaugas Stankevicius. Well done also to Attridge Scaffolding for dealing with a difficult and changing job.
Sinead Larkin is KTL HR Manager covering both Ireland and the UK.
“Over the last 8 years, the company has introduced a lot of additional staff benefits which I am really proud of. Benefits such as additional leave per length of service, top ups for family leave, the employee assistance program and the digital gym to name just a few.”
Check out Sinead’s employee story here: http://ow.ly/Pk9n50Fazh1
To find out more about working for KTL, visit https://www.ktl.ie/careers
****25 days annual leave ****
Quality time with family and loved ones has been proven to make people more effective and efficient in performing their work duties.
KTL are delighted to announce we are extending annual leave for all employees to 25 days per annum, for all our other great benefits please visit here: http://ow.ly/pSyQ50FbuYw
As this June is Pride month, it is important to outline our ethos at KTL, which is to always stand up for others, even if you don’t belong to that community yourself.
KTL are a proud ally to the LGBTQ+ community and we would like to make our community aware that you can now add pronouns to your LinkedIn profile.
This can be done by editing your personal profile and choosing from he/him, she/her, they/them or indeed by customising your pronouns to whichever you would like to identify as.
We spoke with NELSON COELHO a supervisor with the KTL Group about his role at KTL and how he celebrates Day of Portugal on the 10 June 2021. This is the National Day of Portugal – it is a public holiday and celebrated by Portuguese people throughout the world.
“I enjoy working with a multicultural team, which has allowed me to learn so much about different cultures and have some fun while getting the job done”.
Salomon Perez, Senior Project Manager at KTL shared his story with us.
KTL are hiring a Fibre Projects Director.
The ideal candidate will have:
1. 10 years minimum experience, preferably in the enterprise area.
2. Strong operational Focus, covering;
- Program delivery,
- Health & safety and commercials,
- Contract management.
1. Oversee the project management delivery team, including all direct crews and sub contract crews covering survey, rod & rope, civils, install and commission.
2. Liaison point with customer
3. Program consists of 100’s of mini projects UK nationwide ~ MULTI MILLION contracts.
Please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
“I work with an excellent team that has a fantastic team spirit”.
We talked to project manager Nikola Solomun about what it is like to work for KTL.
Read the full story here:
Today marks the start of Pride Month 2021.
Each year, June is the month chosen to celebrate Pride in honour of the stonewall riots of 1969 which changed gay rights for people around the world.
Since then, our LGBTQ+ communities are celebrated to promote equality and inclusion and to show just how far gay rights have come and to create awareness that there is still much more to do.
KTL are a proud ally to these communities.