Nigel Bateman, RMX London Area Manager, takes up the story: “The national Health and Safety Award, better known as the Safety Sword, has been presented for many years to the part of the business with the best Health and Safety performance… in fact it was first presented in the year England last won the World Cup, a very long time ago…1966 to be precise!
As Health and Safety standards have improved over years, the competition for the Sword has got tougher and tougher and so have the judging criteria. The very best from each of our business sectors are selected to compete for the Sword, based on injury performance, Health and Safety inspection and audit scores, HSE enforcement action, etc. The best in each sector then submit a written entry and make a presentation to the UK Leadership Team, who then vote for an overall winner.
For CEMEX London to win the Sword for 2017 is a great honour and recognition of our commitment and effort to work as a team and look after each other. Sincere thanks go to everyone for contributing to this success. We feel very proud of what we have achieved, but we also recognise that things can go wrong very quickly with Health and Safety and that usually means someone gets seriously hurt.
It’s always nice to win something but most of all we feel proud that we reached our 10 years lost time injury free milestone, which is the very best reward and will continue to focus on our future to continually improve.”
Well done to everyone involved – employees and contractors – for this much deserved recognition.