Plant & Works Engineering
RoSPA’S Sir George Earle
Published:  21 June, 2010

Engineering construction firm Doosan Babcock has won the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident's (RoSPA) most prestigious occupational health and safety award. The company was presented with the safety charity"s Sir George Earle Trophy at a ceremony in Birmingham recently.

Doosan Babcock, a part of Doosan Power Systems, designs, supplies and constructs advanced steam generation technology for the power industry. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the strategic approach to health and safety adopted by its board members and senior managers and by managers’ commitment to provide visible and felt leadership at all levels, including through workplace tours and visits.

Other strong features of the firm’s approach to accident and ill health prevention include: workforce consultation and involvement; the development of a culture in which employees are encouraged to challenge their own health and safety performance as well as standards of quality and service provision; the embedding of its safety values in overseas acquisitions; the extensive coverage of health and safety in apprentices’ training and in selecting and managing contractors; and its sharing of good practice and mentoring of local small-and-medium-sized firms. Doosan Babcock also won the Engineering Construction category in this year’s RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of RoSPA, said: "We offer our wholehearted congratulations to Doosan Babcock. The judging panel felt the firm thoroughly deserved the Sir George Earle Trophy not only in light of its outstanding achievements in reducing incidents and injuries but because of its complete commitment to pursue 'zero harm’. It sets a fine example that we hope others will follow.”

This year marks the 54th running of the RoSPA Awards, with more than 1750 winners in total. The awards, sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), were presented over three days (May 11-13) of gala dinners and ceremonies at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. An additional ceremony will be held in Glasgow in September.

Other specialist award winners included: The Astor Trophy for the best-managed occupational health programme - Royal Mail Group, Swansea; The RoSPA Training Trophy - Mears Group Plc, Pontefract; International Dilmun Environmental Award, sponsored by Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company of Bahrain - McLaughlin & Harvey Limited, Newtownabbey; RoSPA/Allianz Managing Occupational Road Risk Trophy - Tesco Dotcom, Welwyn Garden City; and the Workforce Involvement in Safety and Health Trophy, sponsored by Springfields Fuels Ltd - Trains Division London Underground Ltd.