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City Lind presented with prestigious national health and safety award

City Link, the UK’s premium express delivery company, has been presented with a further prestigious national award in recognition of high standards of practice of employee health and safety.

The company won the Corporate Safety Award category at the National Courier Awards, hosted by the Institute of Couriers and held at the Institute of Directors, in Pall Mall, London.

The award was primarily in recognition of City Link’s Don’t Look Away campaign – an initiative encouraging every employee to log even the most minor of hazards or accidents in the workplace, to ensure City Link offers the highest standard of protection at all times. City Link has hailed the campaign a major success – in the first eight months alone more than 1,000 incidents were reported. For every hazard ‘reported and sorted’ City Link donated £1 to its chosen charity, the Make-A-Wish ® Foundation.

Also in a bid to prevent accidents in the workplace the company appointed an outside training company to work with its forklift truck drivers on novice or refresher courses which work towards an NVQ in Plant Operations – which places a firm emphasis on health and safety.

To date, more than 326 City Link fork-lift truck drivers from depots across the country have undertaken the course.

Presenting the award, Mike Penning, the Minister for Transport, said: "This is a well deserved award and represents steps to safety at its highest level of the industry."

Lord Falkland, President of the Institute of Couriers, said: "Safety is a balance and clearly the Don’t Look Away campaign is a great success. City Link should be justly proud of their National Courier Award. Congratulations to Karen Farr, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at City Link and her team for winning this esteemed award."

And Ken Johnson, Support Services Director at City Link, added: "Karen and her team have done a fantastic job launching and following through the Don’t Look Away campaign, reaching out to all parts of our business. I am delighted this has been recognised by our industry peers. The award is thoroughly deserved."

The Institute of Couriers award follows the RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award which was presented to City Link in the summer. It was the third consecutive year City Link achieved Gold status in the awards.

The company is now looking forward to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health SHP (Safety Health Practitioner) Awards in October. It is one of six finalists shortlisted in the Transport and Logistics category of the awards, which take place at London’s Hilton Hotel on October 20th.

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