John Young Group Wins Top Safety Award
Glasgow-based mechanical construction company John Young Group
has won a prestigious safety award from the British Safety Council.
The Award is one of TEN won by the Motherwell Bridge Group, parent
company of John Young Group, at its sites throughout the British
Isles. But the engineering group faced a tough test in order to
satisfy an independent Awards Panel.
British Safety Council Award winners must have a lower than average
accident rate, good safety policies and safety plans, and commitment
to health and safety at the highest level. A qualified Health and
Safety Officer is mandatory for each Award winner and they must
also provide details of two significant advances in health and safety
for the past year.
Alan Murphy, Executive Director of the Group Management Board responsible
for Health, Safety and the Environment at Motherwell Bridge, said:
“This is a great achievement for John Young Group and the Motherwell
Bridge Group as a whole. It emphasises the importance we place on
safety and the efforts, both financial and in terms of personnel,
we put into improving our safety record at all of our sites.
“Three years ago, we appointed a Group Safety Manager to report
to the board on all safety matters. Norman Stevenson has held this
position since February 1999. Our record, thanks to the efforts
of Norman and his team, has been improving steadily since then.
“We are very proud to have won these awards, but we will not become
complacent and we are looking to further improve our safety standards
at John Young Group and all the Group’s other sites in the future.”
John Young Group has benefited from several recent advances made
by Motherwell Bridge to its already superb safety record, mainly
by the creation of standardised health and safety policies throughout
the Group, as well as new accident reporting and emergency procedures.
In addition to John Young Group the British Safety Council presented
Awards to Motherwell Bridge Group members: Motherwell Bridge Holdings,
Motherwell Bridge Engineering, MB Material Handling Systems, MB
Aerospace, MB Plastics, Motherwell Bridge Storage Tanks, MB Services,
Motherwell Bridge Rail and Motherwell Bridge Nuclear.
Sir Neville Purvis, KCB, Director General of the British Safety
Council, said: “The National Safety Awards highlight organisations
that reach the top levels of health and safety. They are a mark
of a proven and significant achievement in safety standards. By
making safety an important feature of everyday work practice, the
Motherwell Bridge Group is reducing accidents and ill-health whilst
improving productivity and profitability.”
Prime Minister Tony Blair said: “By bestowing these Awards annually,
the British Safety Council highlights the importance of safety in
the workplace and I have no doubt that it will continue to spread
this message successfully. I have great pleasure in sending my best
wishes to all the winners.”
Motherwell Bridge Group Safety Manager Norman Stevenson added:
“I’m delighted to say the majority of our divisions are operating
more than 50% above the national average in their various industries.
“Group figures also demonstrate an improvement of 30% on the previous
year, which is a remarkable achievement when you consider that the
hours worked are up by 62%. It emphasises our never ending commitment
to making the workplace as safe as possible.”
Motherwell Bridge Group has also been honoured by the Royal Society
for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its outstanding safety
Motherwell Bridge Storage Tanks won two Gold Awards. MB Services
at Motherwell and Humberside won two Gold Awards and a Gold Medal,
which is only awarded after winning RoSPA Gold Awards for five consecutive