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Prestigious accolade marks five years of consistent accident and ill health prevention

Coventry-based premium express delivery company City Link has firmly established itself as the Steve Redgrave of health and safety conscious employers after achieving its fifth Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The latest accolade has earned the company yet another prestigious Gold Medal in recognition of its dedication to preventing accidents and ill health among employees. City Link achieved its first gold in 2007.

Just as hard work and determination to reach his goal earned Steve Redgrave five Golds, so City Link’s efforts to ensure the ongoing health and safety of employees in the depots and on the roads have helped the company match that magnificent achievement.

The company was presented with the Medal as part of the annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards organised by RoSPA and held at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Thursday (May 16th).

Now in its 57th year the RoSPA Awards Scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK.

It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.

In true Olympic style City Link had to meet an exacting set of criteria over the five-year period. Experts looked at the company’s accident records and the health and safety management systems in place at the various City Link depots across the country. Strong leadership and workforce involvement form a strong part of the RoSPA Awards.

Karen Farr, Head of Health, Safety and the Environment at City Link, said: "We are delighted once more to have achieved Gold status in the RoSPA Awards. It is the fifth year running we have achieved this status and in turn it has led to us being presented with a coveted Gold Medal.

"The health and safety is of paramount importance here at City Link and consistent good practice forms an integral part of our work ethic which we aim to instil in each and every one of our employees, whether in the depots and offices or out on the roads, so it becomes second nature in their everyday work."

She added: "The Medal is testament to the conscious efforts of all our employees over the past five years. Not a company to rest on our laurels we will strive to keep up the excellent standards we have achieved in the last five years and continue to build on these in the years to come."

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s Awards Manager, said: "RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. City Link has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award."

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