Laing O’Rourke’s Manchester Airport Transformation Project Team wins RoSPA Inspiration Award


Laing O’Rourke Manchester Airport Transformation Project’s health, safety and environment team has been named Team of the Year in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Awards, the longest-running health and safety industry awards scheme in the UK.

They were presented with the award during a gala dinner ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday (June 6).

Andrew Swindells, Laing O’Rouke health, safety & environment manager said: “It's a great achievement for the team. The Manchester Airport Transformation project is one of the biggest in the country with an average of £1million worth of construction happening every day. During 2018, the team focused on creating a strategy based on one of its core principles – ‘Safety is the Presence of Positives’ – placing a priority on being proactive in seeking out opportunities to add resilience to existing processes.

“They introduced a number of initiatives that have gone a long way to underpinning the positive standards on site. One of these initiatives led to the life of an operative being saved following a cardiac arrest, with the introduction of both CPR training and multiple project defibrillators signposted in the main work areas.”

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The Team of the Year Award is part of the new Inspiration Awards category, which recognise individuals, teams and projects that are a source of inspiration and pride.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “It’s a huge achievement to be named Team of the Year, and judges were impressed with the standards that have been set for the Manchester Airport project.

“The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 13th consecutive year.

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