Rail firm flies the flag for transport in the RoSPA Awards

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A rail firm has won three top honours - including the premier accolade - in this years Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

Northern Rail, which is based in York, won The Sir George Earle Trophy RoSPAs top award which is open to entrants from all industries.

The firm also won the Transport, Storage and Distribution Sector as well as the trophy for Workforce Involvement in Safety and Health.

Northern Rails achievements capped a successful year in the RoSPA Awards for the transport and storage industry as a whole.

Serco Transportation Systems, of Birmingham, was highly commended in the Transport, Storage and Distribution Sector and Oxfordshires Unipart Consumer Logistics Homebase Cowley Import Centre was commended.

Tesco Dotcom, of Welwyn Garden City, won the Managing Occupational Road Risk Trophy for the second time in three years, with Colas Limited, of Crawley, and ScottishPower Fleet Business, of Glasgow, both highly commended. ScottishPower Fleet Business was also named the winner of the Engineering Services Sector.

Three firms were commended in the MORR category: AWE Plc, of Reading; Royal Mail Vehicle Services, of Chesterfield, which, in addition, was highly commended in the Engineering Services Sector; and Wolseley UK, of Leamington Spa.

Kertih Terminals Sdn Bhd of Malaysia won RoSPAs International Sector award, and Royal Mail Group, based in Sheffield, was highly commended in the Astor Trophy (Occupational Health) category. Birse Rail, of Birmingham, was highly commended in the Engineering Construction Sector.

Other successful organisations from the Transport, Storage and Distribution sector won a total of two Orders of Distinction, six Presidents Awards, 12 gold medals, and 53 gold, 26 silver and eight bronze awards. Two firms won additional awards for managing occupational road risk.

Overall, it was another record-breaking year in RoSPAs awards scheme, with more than 1,650 businesses and organisations recognised for their commitment to protecting the health and well-being of their employees and others.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive, said: The way organisations manage health and safety speaks volumes about their overall values and professionalism, and the winners of RoSPA awards are to be congratulated for their commitment to improvement in this sphere.

Those who have gained recognition for their achievements, particularly during tough economic conditions, raise the bar for other organisations to follow, inspiring them to do likewise. Through the public example they have set, the reservoir of safety knowledge and good practice is increased, and this should serve to save lives and reduce injuries and ill health in workplaces across the UK and beyond.

The awards, now in their 53rd year, were sponsored by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

Award ceremonies were held over three days (May 12-14) at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre.

Major awards were presented by Lord Jordan of Bournville, RoSPA President, Lord Brougham and Vaux, Vice-President, and Tom Mullarkey at gala evening dinners attended by 3,000 people.

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