The Safety and Environment team at the RoSPA awards.(London Midland Image)
Health and safety is the name of the game for London Midland as it picks up three prestigious RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) awards. In a ceremony held on Wednesday at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the train company collected the Silver achievement award and two team members were awarded RoSPA ‘Guardian Angel’ awards.
The Silver award acknowledges the success of the organisation as a whole, whereas the special ‘Guardian Angel’ category aims to celebrate the achievements of hardworking individuals.
The annual ceremony recognises the lengths gone to by businesses from across industries to strive for the highest levels of occupational health and safety. The clutch of wins marks a year of success for the Safety and Environment team, which has been focusing on improvements across all areas the business.
The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.
The Safety and Environment team at London Midland are particularly proud of this award as it demonstrates not only the significant changes that have been made over the last 18 months that are making a positive impact on safety, but also recognises the excellent work that the team have done to ensure this change happens.
It also represents an ongoing commitment to not only ensuring that day to day processes are as effective as possible, but also to innovation: London Midland is undertaking industry leading safety culture initiatives.
Safety is highly important at London Midland, both for colleagues and customers, and the efforts made by customer service manager, Dave Harris and depot manager, John Mills were recognised by their wider team. Nominees for this category must have made a demonstrable difference to the world of health and safety and accident prevention, through personal initiative, diligence, enthusiasm and commitment
Dave was recognised for the work he did on accident reduction stations, which have helped to drastically reduce the number of slips, trips and falls and holding workshops to raise awareness of health and safety risks.
John manages Tyseley Train Maintenance Depot and has to tackle the daily challenges posed by a heavy engineering environment. As well as ensuring the safety of numerous London Midland colleagues and contractors, John has championed the ‘Making Safer Choices’ campaign. This aims to evaluate why people make certain choices regarding safety.
Lesley Heath, Head of Safety and Environment at London Midland, said:
“These awards are testament to the hard work of all of our team members over the past 18 months and show we are having a positive effect on health and safety. We are committed to ensuring our day-to-day processes are as effective as possible whilst incorporating industry-leading safety culture initiatives.’’
“We are immensely proud of everyone involved but in particular the Safety and Environment team and also Dave and John, both of whom are true ambassadors for our team. All this hard work and dedication goes above and beyond what is expected and constantly delivers the highest standards.”