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Construction industry’s new chance for safety awards

Businesses and organisations in the construction industry should start preparing now for the 2009 RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards to be sure they can meet the entry deadline.

The construction industry was the major winner at the awards this year, claiming more than 600 honours, including the premier accolade, the Sir George Earle Trophy, for the second year in succession. Trant Construction Limited from Southampton won the top trophy following last year's triumph by Costain Major Civil Engineering Division of Maidenhead.

More than 1,500 winners were honoured in total – a record for the awards programme, which has been running for more than 50 years and is the leading scheme of its type.

This celebration of health and safety good practice attracts businesses and organisations of all sizes and types, and they have until February 13 to submit their entries. But early preparation will help to avoid a last-minute rush.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive, said: “In the current economic climate, awards are more important than ever. They demonstrate that employers care about their employees and will not let slip their standards of health and safety practice even in tough times. They also offer a path to improvement which allows companies to adjust their pace of development to their own circumstances. By showing their determination to save lives and reduce injuries, our winners are an inspiration for others to follow.”

The majority of the awards are non-competitive and mark achievement which is graded at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Those demonstrating continued improvement can win gold medals, President's Awards and Orders of Distinction.

The competitive awards go to the best entries in 21 individual industry sectors such as construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are special awards for workforce involvement, training, occupational health, environmental management and the management of occupational road risk. There is a trophy for the best organisation operating or based in Scotland, and RoSPA's top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

The awards are sponsored by NEBOSH – The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health. Presentations will take place from May 12 to May 14 at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel where there will be three prestigious gala dinners. The ceremonies run alongside Safety & Health Expo 2009 at the NEC.

Winners can also be presented with their awards at the RoSPA Scotland event held in Glasgow in September.

Entries are welcomed from all types of business or organisation, whether public or private sector, and there are many new entrants each year. RoSPA's independent expert judging panel not only considers accident records, it also looks for high standards of management and safety performance. Full details can be found at www.rospa.com/awards , or more information is available by ringing 0121 248 2090 or e-mailing awards@rospa.com .

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