A golden performance for Beard Swindon at national safety awards

By Anita Jaynes on 28 September, 2015

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the second year running has awarded its prestigious Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety to regional construction company Beard, based in Swindon.

The award not only recognises the company’s excellent safety record but also its health and safety management systems and culture which include effective leadership and workforce engagement and commitment. The award was presented to Martin Nash, Beard’s health, safety and environmental manager at a ceremony in Birmingham.

“We’re delighted to receive the RoSPA Gold Award for the second year running which builds on a five-year programme of initiatives which has achieved a reduction in our Accident Incident Rate, during a period of growth within the company,” said Martin Nash, Beard’s health, safety and environmental manager. “Gaining our second consecutive Gold is a significant achievement for Beard staff and our project teams who work in some of the most challenging construction environments. I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of all our people whose hard work made this award possible, and who are totally committed to making Beard a healthy, safe and happy place to work.”

As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission – to save lives and reduce injuries – covers all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Beard, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.”

Beard staff work extensively in challenging construction environments where health and safety planning is crucial to every project, especially in occupied environments such as schools.

The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, grading achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations that maintain high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.