Eighty 20 Risk Systems
Best Innovation Award
Sponsored by Safety Culture
After identifying the requirement to accurately manage data, Eighty 20 Risk Systems found a tool which had been developed by H&S Professionals who had an innovative approach to meet the specific requirements of his business. They took this core system, implemented innovation and thereby created one of the most powerful tools in the H&S Field.
Gary Aspinall, an employee of Longworth Building Services, is a tradesman who seeks to improve health and safety throughout the company, actively participating at times when others are afraid to speak up. Despite having no training in H&S beyond that required by his role, he understands how industry works and how the world of health and safety is evolving. He was the first person to volunteer to join his company’s safety committee and he believes there is a lot to talk about whether it is health and safety on site, how the organisation operate as a business or even how operatives actually manage health and safety on site.
The content of this submission clearly identified that Health, Safety and Well Being is led from the top at Link Contracting Services, with effective leadership being apparent at all levels of the business and the Managing Director assuming the role of the H&S Champion. They demonstrate a clear commitment to H&S by their investment in new technology, training and a key element of their mission statement being “100% Safe”
Their Head of H&S was recently recognised with the “40 Under 40 Award” by Health and Safety at Work Magazine, highlighting 40 practitioners under the age of 40 who have demonstrated significant achievements within the field.
Gavin King, Ardmac SHEQ Manager, has been responsible for the growth of a UK SHEQ Team and the introduction of new initiatives, providing a fresh approach to the management of health and safety in his employer’s business. This has been underpinned by the introduction of Ardmac’s ‘Safety First’ programme and Gavin’s ability to positively influence colleagues, particularly within the supply chain and 3rd party providers. Other factors around the successful submission include initiatives such as charity events and a Christmas H&S quiz to help engagement.
This is a New category to the 2019 awards.
The judges were surprised how competitive this category was with some excellent applications, making their job extremely difficult.
The winners, Keelagher Okey Klein, provided a very impressive application with regards to the wide range of services they offer. They currently employ a team of 10 dedicated H&S Advisors with a range of key professional skills and specialisms. As part of their commitment to improving H&S within the industry, they regularly organise free training courses to improve shared knowledge within the organisation and design team on our projects, in addition to offering free CDM training to their clients and other organisations.
This award aims to recognize an inspirational individual who has made a significant contribution to Health and Safety over a sustained period of time and who has an established history of distinguished service to Health and Safety.
The winner, Neil Jamieson, recently retired Principal HSE Inspector started his career in health and safety as a trainee, back in 1990 after a spell in the Merchant Navy and serving time as a Lift Engineer.
Well known to most in Industry, this individual became an Inspector of the HSE in 1993 and was promoted to Principle Inspector in 2009. Neil’s passion was to improve welfare facilities in our industry is well known and some may recall that he is quoted as saying:
“In 1969, they sent man to the moon in a rocket. In that rocket, they had a toilet and welfare facilities. They sent it quarter of a million miles to the moon. They even brought it home. If man can send a toilet 250,000 miles to the moon and back, why on earth can’t you get one to the side of the A6 in Stockport on a building site?!”
Well done, Neil! A very well-deserved award
From humble beginnings back in 2016, the North West Construction Safety Group’s Annual Awards ceremony continues to go from strength-to-strength – with one of the biggest challenges now being where we can find a venue big enough to host us, but at the same time offering real value to those that attend!
Entertainment was provided by the inimitable magician, Spencer ‘tricky’ Lynch, the hilarious Ian Stone and the booming Talking Drums ensemble.
The quality of submissions for this year’s awards set new levels and the judges had a particularly tough task of picking the winners, in our regular categories of:
We were again fortunate to be supported by the Health and Safety Executive and particularly, Sarah Jardine, Head of Operations, who again presented the awards and Dave Argument, HSE Inspector who is co-opted to NWCSG’s Executive Committee. Huge thanks to both of them, for giving the awards and the group generally, added credibility.
Huge thanks also to the member organisations who sponsored the awards – without them, the awards evening just wouldn’t be possible.
Thank you for your ongoing support and see you all next year!
Covid19 – Our awards event scheduled for tonight WILL go ahead as planned!!