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Manufacturing and Enigneering Pick Up Safety Honours

8 June 2007

Around 130 businesses in the manufacturing and engineering services industries were honoured at this year's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

The winner of the Manufacturing Sector was Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Burnaston, Derby, with Springfields Fuels, Preston, Lancashire, and Marshalls West Lane Works Landscape Division, Halifax, West Yorkshire, highly commended.
National Semiconductor UK, Greenock, Scotland, and Moores Furniture Group, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, were commended. National Semiconductor was also commended in the RoSPA International Dilmun Environmental Award, sponsored by Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company of Bahrain.

The Engineering Services Sector was won by ScottishPower Fleet Business, Glasgow, with Metronet REW Trains Division, Acton, London, commended.

Businesses in the sectors also picked up one order of distinction, 11 president's awards, 32 gold medals, 57 gold awards, 17 silver, three bronze and two merit awards.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive, said: "Organisations and businesses which not only proclaim the importance of health and safety, but actually deliver consistent standards of health and safety risk management deserve full recognition.

"To be judged best in sector, contenders have to demonstrate outstanding approaches to issues such as director leadership, workforce involvement and the use of professional services.

"Winners of this year's RoSPA sector awards and other major trophies have demonstrated commitment to preventing accidents and work-related ill-health and have not only saved lives and reduced injuries, but contributed to business excellence.  Sector award winners stand as a beacon to other organisations and we urge others to learn from and emulate their achievements."

Organisations compete for the sector awards and specialist trophies, but there are also achievement awards at merit, bronze, silver, gold, gold medal, president's and order of distinction levels. There were 1,400 winners this year who work towards very high levels of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

The awards, sponsored by NEBOSH, were presented over three days (May 22-24) of gala dinners and ceremonies at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel, at the NEC, attended by nearly 3,000 people. The presentations were made by Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen, President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Lord Jordan of Bournville, Deputy President, Lord Brougham and Vaux, Vice-President, and Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive.

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