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Top housebuilders awarded national accolade at NHBC Health and Safety Awards

Four top-achieving housebuilders from across the UK have been announced as national winners in NHBC's second annual Health and Safety Awards, at an award ceremony held in the ICC in Birmingham on 20 May.

Concluding a rigorous four month judging process, these national accolades were awarded across four site size categories to site managers who have demonstrated exceptional health and safety best practice in house building. Their sites scored the highest marks across a variety of criteria including staff welfare, traffic management, emergency procedures and security and public safety and are examples of best practice that can be replicated across the industry.

Category Site Manager Company Site
Small

Frank Claridge

Vanderbilt Homes

Magdalen Road

Medium

Greg Freeman

Frank Haslam Milan West Midlands

Pannel Croft

Large

Danny Conetta

Linden Homes Chiltern Limited

Orchard Grove

Multi-storey

Marcus Blake

St George (South) London Ltd

The Tower, One St.George Wharf


Simon Mantle, Group Health and Safety Policy Manager at NHBC, said:

"With a challenging economic climate continuing and many site managers feeling pressured to finish projects to tighter timeframes and budgets, the NHBC Health and Safety Awards assess the importance housebuilders place on the protection of their operatives and the general public, and the effectiveness of their measures for keeping people safe.

"Entries for this year's awards increased by 52% from our inaugural year and the high level of health and safety practice displayed has been very encouraging. Our winning entries clearly show that health and safety is now well established as a fundamental area of serious consideration during the UK home building process."

National winners were selected from over 60 commended entries announced in April and were also awarded as regional winners for their area. Assessment was carried out by an independent panel of experts including Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction at HSE, Michelle Aldous, Chief Executive of Constructing Better Health, and Kevin Fear, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Construction Skills.

Company Recognition awards were additionally presented at the ceremony to organisations or groups of organisations which have actively promoted, encouraged and supported health and safety best practice. Special awards were given for the best occupational health initiative, best health and safety worker engagement programme, and exemplary health and safety leadership.*

For further information about health and safety best practice, and about this year's awards, visit: www.nhbc.co.uk/hsawards.  Nominations for NHBC's Health and Safety Awards 2012 will open in autumn 2011.

News Date: 23/05/11