Diamond Jubilee Award presented to the Olympic Delivery Authority
About the award
To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, RoSPA's Patron, a special award was conferred as part of the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012. Her Majesty consented to the presentation of the award, which was designed to recognise an outstanding and exemplary safety and health achievement.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, RoSPA's Diamond Jubilee Award was presented to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in recognition of the safety and health achievements of the Big Build construction phase for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The ODA's achievements
From its inception, the ODA, working with delivery partner CLM, declared that its aim was to be a leader in safety and health.
And, indeed, the safety record of the Big Build, which, at its peak, involved a 12,500-strong workforce on the Olympic Park and Olympic Village, was hugely impressive. Construction of the main sporting venues and infrastructure on the Olympic Park involved around 62 million hours of work with an Accident Frequency Rate of 0.17 per 100,000 hours - less than half the construction industry average, and it was completed without an accident-related fatality.
Work is underway to maximise learning opportunities across the UK and globally, so ensuring a huge health and safety legacy from London 2012.
"It is only right that in our Patron's Diamond Jubilee year, we have been able to pick out one special organisation - the Olympic Delivery Authority - whose contribution to safety in the UK is now an exemplar to the whole world."
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive
"We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of the health and safety achievements of our workforce. The safety of the teams delivering the London 2012 venues and infrastructure has always been our number one priority and by creating a culture of teamwork and individual responsibility, incidents have been few and far between."
Dennis Hone, ODA chief executive
"The task facing the construction industry now is to learn from the Olympics and to make this the new benchmark."
Brendan Barber, Trades Union Congress (TUC) general secretary
See RoSPA's press release for more information about the Diamond Jubilee Award. The London 2012 Learning Legacy website contains a wealth of information about the Big Build health and safety legacy, including a video.