Health and safety rewarded at road association event

April 22 2015  

Health and safety rewarded at road association event
Eurovia Specialist Treatments, Colas and WJ Products all scooped top honours at the Road Surface Treatments Association's 2015 Health and Safety Awards, held last Thursday at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.
Eurovia won the Behavioural Safety category for its efforts to help individuals to identify and avoid verbal or physical violence. The company worked with a training provider to develop a bespoke package of practical measures.
Second place went to Colas for its ‘Safer Attitudes in Driving’ campaign which features 12 'commandments' to help take the message of road safety risk out into the wider community.
In the Innovations category Colas came first for a roadworker safety system that aims to better attract the attention of an errant driver approaching a works site, and gives roadworkers additional warning time to leave the danger area.
Second place went to Eurovia for a system to record risk assessments in an electronic format, that allows potentially high risk activities to be easily compared between sites.
W J Products won an award for efforts to encourage workforce involvement, for an approach that helps to 'design out' risk. Staff are encouraged to identify issues and undertake field trials of proposed improvements.
The awards were judged by Ray Cooke of the Health & Safety Executive's Construction Sector Safety Unit and were sponsored by Nynas Bitumen.
Road Surface Treatments Association chief executive Howard Cooke said: “Working on the road network, often in live traffic locations can be extremely hazardous. The RSTA awards are welcomed by their highlighting the need for health and safety and best practice. The winning companies are to be congratulated for their vision and commitment to health and safety.”

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