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National winners named for health and safety excellence in house-building

Four house-building site managers have been named as the national winners in NHBC's fourth annual Health and Safety Awards, at a ceremony held at the ICC in Birmingham on Friday 12 July hosted by BBC TV presenter Nick Knowles.

The Awards recognise on-site health and safety best practice across four builder-size categories, rewarding site managers who demonstrate exceptional standards of care for the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff and the public. This year's winners offer clear examples of how best practice can be replicated across the industry:

 

Organisation

Site

Site manager

Small builder

Duchy Homes

Plantation Grove

Darren Howell

Medium builder

Kier Partnership Homes

Owens Croft

Andy Chisholme

Large builder

Berkeley Homes Urban Renaissance Ltd

Wimbledon Hill Park

Alex Sangway

Multi-storey builder

Barratt West London

Great Western Quarter

Jason White

Tom Kitchen, Health and Safety Operations Manager at NHBC, said:

"Each of our award winners, from our commended site managers through to our national champions, have proved themselves to be leaders in their field when it comes to safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their workers and the general public. Our national champions in particular can be justifiably proud of their achievements."

"Following recent reports that Government budget cuts have put construction workers at risk, and with more cuts to the HSE expected in 2015, it is great to see such exemplary standards of health and safety being maintained by our award winning site managers and companies. Health and safety must remain a top priority despite economic pressures."

The winners were chosen following assessment against comprehensive criteria by an independent panel of experts. The panel included Neil Stephens, Head of Planning and Communications in the Construction Division of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Kevin Fear, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at ConstructionSkills, and Michelle Aldous, Chief Executive of Constructing Better Health.

The National Winners were selected from 54 commended entries announced in May, having also then been named as Highly Commended and Regional winners for their area during the Gala Final.

Special awards were also given for 'Best Health and Safety Worker Engagement Programme' (Miller Homes), and 'Best Individual Health and Safety Leader' (Matthew Bostwick of Southdale Ltd).

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About NHBC

NHBC is the standard setting and leading consumer protection body for new homes in the UK. Established over three quarters of a century ago as a non-profit distributing company, NHBC's primary purpose is to help raise standards to protect homeowners. NHBC's ten year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 percent of new homes built in the UK and currently protects more than 1.7 million homes. It constantly reinvests its resources into industry innovations, such as the Health and Safety Awards, to promote best practice in UK house-building.

About NHBC Health and Safety Awards

These Awards recognise and reward site managers who demonstrate the highest levels of health and safety in every aspect of their role on-site. They also recognise companies and other individuals who have excellent and robust health and safety management systems. The Awards are broken down into the following categories:

Best Sites Health and Safety Award:

  • Best small builder site (2-50 NHBC registrations per annum)
  • Best medium builder site (51-1,000 NHBC registrations per annum)
  • Best large builder site (1,001 or more NHBC registrations per annum)
  • Best multi-storey site (A site where the structure is five or more storeys)

News Date: 12/07/13