Engineer from Leeds marks 50 years in one job using same toolbox

Engineer David Haigh.
Engineer David Haigh.
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ENGINEER DAVID Haigh has been in the same job for 50 years to the day.

He joined LoneStar Leeds engineering as a teenage apprentice at the age of 15, after leaving Brownhill school in Harehills.

Today bosses at the Hunslet engineering works praised his tireless and steady dedication by saying: “He is our longest serving employee and very reliable. He has even used the same toolbox during all that time.”

Grandfather David, 65, from Burmantofts, has worked for LoneStar, based in Hunslet, for 50 years since April 1964.

David, who is a fitter or toolmaker, said: “I do enjoy my job, I’ve never wanted to work anywhere else in all that time.

“My toolbox was passed to me by colleague Ernest Weir, almost five decades ago when I was an apprentice and I have used some of the same tools ever since.

“I have seen lots of changes in engineering since then. I suppose it is not as filthy a job nowadays, as the machines become computerised and automatic.”

The firm moved from it’s Elland Road base in 2007, since being established there in 1941.

The international company makes precision engineered components and specialised surface coatings to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries throughout the world.

Managing director Craig Hebden said: “David is a great and reliable employee and is the longest serving out of 140 staff here in Leeds. Even though he is 65, David shows no sign of putting his feet up and he is welcome here as long as he wants. He is a steady worker.”

Mr Hebden said David’s job was safe, but the firm was currently taking on engineering staff, and seeking three new engineering apprentices from September.

“We are not ready to say good bye to him quite yet,” added Mr Hebden, as he presented him with a watch.

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