Hertel awarded prestigious safety award
Hertel has been presented with a British Safety Council Sword of Honour at an awards ceremony at the historic Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
The award was made for the safe industrial services Hertel has provided to Wylfa power station for more than 10 years.
A multi-discipline construction and maintenance company, Hertel was one of 54 organisations worldwide presented with a Sword of Honour, which is widely recognised as the pinnacle of safety achievement.
The winners have all been recognised as having exemplary health and safety systems that are among the best in the world.
In order to compete for the Sword of Honour, organisations must be able to demonstrate that their specific site has achieved the maximum rating in the British Safety Council’s five star health and safety management system audit. They must have also demonstrated to an independent adjudication panel a culture of best practice for health and safety throughout the business – from the boardroom to the shopfloor.
Lynda Armstrong OBE, British Safety Council Chair, said: “My warmest congratulations to this year’s winners. Hertel’s success in winning the Sword of Honour is testimony to the organisation’s and employees’ commitment to achieving and sustaining the highest standards of health, safety and environmental management.
“The tremendous knowledge and competence that Hertel has applied in managing key business risks is rewarded and recognised today. We will continue to work with Hertel to publicise the benefits that flow from the effective management of workplace health and safety and the environment.”
Prime minister, David Cameron, said: “I am delighted to send my congratulations to all of those organisations being presented with an award by the British Safety Council. These awards recognise the crucial success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters at an international level at a time of global challenge.
“This event provides an opportunity to publicly recognise the important contribution made by the British Safety Council in promoting health, safety and environmental best practice. The Government would like to place on record its appreciation of the support given by the British Safety Council in raising public awareness of the benefits effective health, safety and environmental management brings to businesses, employees, the environment and economy as a whole.
“I am confident that by continuing to work in partnership with the British Safety Council, other stakeholders, employers and employees, we can tackle the many challenges we face to achieve a healthier, safer and sustainable society. We will strive to accomplish our goals in reducing the burden on employers and employees and cutting the many millions of working days currently lost each year across the world through work-related ill health and injury.
“I would like to send my best wishes and thanks to the British Safety Council and to those receiving an award.”
David Fitzsimons, Managing Director of Hertel in the UK, added: “Safety underpins everything we do at Hertel. All Hertel colleagues are made aware of their responsibility to deliver a safe and quality service that supports the wellbeing of everyone at site. To be awarded the Sword of Honour for activity at Wylfa is recognition of our safety management system and highlights our commitment to Goal Zero.
“In ten years at Wylfa, Hertel has racked up more than 1.5 million man hours without a lost time injury. It’s an extremely commendable achievement thanks to the efforts of all our staff and we will continue to strive for excellence in our safety programme.”
Friday 16th of December 2011, 02:03:03 PM GMT
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