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International safety award for rail project

May 13, 2020

Our Brent Cross West Thameslink sidings project has won a coveted International Safety Award from the prestigious British Safety Council.

Now in their 62nd year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year. The awards also recognise organisations that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health at work.

The award places the rail project in the top 15% of 500 projects being completed across the world. It recognises the commitment our Brent Cross Thameslink Team has made to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe. It follows the awarding of ‘Excellent’ status by the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme in September last year.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council said: “The British Safety Council commends the Brent Cross West Thameslink Team on their achievement.  The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work – anywhere in the world. Realising it requires more than legislation; people committed to health and safety, and increasingly also to workplace wellbeing.”

Samantha Wadsworth, Brent Cross West Thameslink Programme Director, said: “Achieving distinction for our project in the International Safety Awards is a real recognition for the efforts we’re going through to deliver a safe environment on our project in collaboration with our partners, Network Rail, Amey, VolkerFitzpatrick and John Graham Ltd.

“Initiatives such as our Safety Action Committee and our Site Safety Days, attended by nearly all our people, have made Brent Cross West Thameslink stand out from the rest when it comes to safety and I thank all our partners for their continued efforts in making this happen.”

The award was presented before the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in March. Since then, across the programme, we continue to ensure the safety of our workforce and people that live close by. We are following government advice and instructions, making sure social distancing is observed, following guidance on hand washing and implementing additional cleaning regimes across sites and depots.