02/08/2002

Antrim company wins top UK safety award

Blackbourne Electrical Company, based in Antrim, has won a prestigious safety award from the British Safety Council - the Gold ROSPA Award.

Only companies with below-average accident rates are eligible and they face a tough test in order to satisfy the independent Awards Panel.

Blackbourne Electrical is a mechanical and electrical services company, and is one of only about 1,000 winners from large and small enterprises all over the UK in the public and private sectors.

Winners must have lower-than-average accident rates, good safety policies and safety plans and commitment to health and safety at the highest level. They must detail their health and safety officers' qualifications and provide details of significant advances in health and safety for the year, plus notification of any impending health and safety legal action.

Mr David Ballard, Director General of the British Safety Council, said: “The National Safety Awards highlight organisations that reach top levels of health and safety. They are a mark of a proven and significant achievement in safety standards. By making safety an important feature of everyday work practice, Blackbourne Electrical is reducing accidents and ill health while improving productivity and profitability.”

The winning companies are invited to attend an annual banquet in London, the biggest event in the safety calendar.

Guests will hear a keynote speech from Lord Faulkner, President of the royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

(SP)

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