The country’s largest provider of powered access rentals, Nationwide Platforms, has had its approach to the prevention of accidents and ill health recognised with a third consecutive RoSPA Gold award.
The prize was presented to the business at a RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The awards were held on May 15-17, alongside Safety and Health Expo 2012, which is Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition.
Dating back to 1956, the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. The scheme does not just look at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.
David Rawlins, awards manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), a safety charity with a 95-year history, said: “The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention. We congratulate Nationwide Platforms on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line.”
RoSPA Trustee Mike Parker (left) presents the 2012 RoSPA Gold Award to Chris Blakely, Regional QHSE Manager – North, Nationwide Platforms.
Nationwide Platforms QHSE Manager Mark Keily said: “It is the greatest commitment of our business to ensure that health and safety in the workplace is always our number one priority. We’ve very proud to have received the RoSPA Gold award for the third year in a row and believe that this reflects our ongoing dedication to preventing accidents and ill health throughout our business. We will of course be continuing to take all possible steps to ensure the welfare of our employees is central to all our business achieves in the future.”
The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.
Nationwide Platforms’ RoSPA Gold award success is the powered access leader’s third safety accolade in 2012 so far, having achieved also received the Construction Health and Safety Group’s (CHSG) Beaumont Safety Trophy for the SkySiren and the Contribution to Safe Working at Height award at the International Awards for Powered Access.