WINS TOP SAFETY AWARDS
mechanical construction company MB Services has won prestigious
safety awards from both the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents (RoSPA) and British Safety Council.
clinched two Gold Awards and a Gold Medal from the Royal Society
for the Prevention of Accidents. The latter is only awarded after
winning RoSPA Gold Awards for five consecutive years and is a reward
for the company’s outstanding record in workplace health and safety.
Safety Council have also recognised the Lanarkshire company’s achievements
in the field by handing over an Award, one of TEN won by the Motherwell
Bridge Group, parent company of MB Services, at its sites throughout
the British Isles.
But the engineering
group faced a tough test in order to satisfy an independent British
Safety Council Awards Panel. All
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.
Executive Director of the Group Management Board responsible for
Health, Safety and the Environment at Motherwell Bridge, said: “To
win these Awards from RoSPA and the British Safety Council is a
great achievement for MB Services 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.
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 MB
Services in Motherwell and all the Group’s other sites in the future.”
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.
to MB Services, 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, Motherwell Bridge Rail, Motherwell
Bridge Nuclear and John Young (Kelvinhaugh). Motherwell Bridge Storage
Tanks also won two Gold Awards from RoSPA.
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
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.”
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.”