RoSPA awards: EMCOR UK wins big on safety

EMCOR UK wins big on safety
EMCOR UK wins big on safety
EMCOR UK won the prestigious Sir George Earle Trophy for its dedication to upholding safety across manufacturing operations

RoSPA, a health and safety organisation that campaigns to reduce avoidable accidents, recently held the RoSPA Awards 2024 on the 14th of May. Held at the five-star JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London, there were over 1300 guests all from companies recognised for their commitment to health and safety.  

The programme recognises organisations with robust health and safety management systems, who are seeking to continually improve workplace health and prevent accidents.

Manufacturing as an industry faces major challenges with health and safety regulations.This is due to a range of factors, including pressures on employees to stay productive despite disruptions and an industry stigma against asking for help or support. 

For this reason, it is welcome news that more and more manufacturing companies are being celebrated for their commitment to health and safety.

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One organisation being celebrated is EMCOR UK, a facilities management company and UK subdivision of manufacturer EMCOR. It was awarded the biggest accolade RoSPA has to give, the prestigious Sir George Earle Trophy. 

This trophy, awarded to companies that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to health and safety, shows that manufacturers can keep high safety standards without sacrificing productivity and long-term success. 

EMCOR UK also won four Gold Medals, three Gold Awards and an Order of Distinction for its customer partnerships over the last 12 months.

Jonathan Gawthrop, executive director risk & sustainability at EMCOR UK (Image Credit: Business In The Community)

“It is an honour to win not only the FM Industry Sector Award, but the coveted Sir George Earle Trophy too. Adding to the winners’ legacy of excellence is a testament to our standing as an industry leader in health and safety." Jonathan Gawthrop, executive director of  risk & sustainability at EMCOR UK, said.

"Our goal is to create a better world at work, so ensuring the highest health and safety of colleagues is paramount. We’re delighted to have multiple consecutive wins, including an Order of Distinction for our long-lasting work with AWE. All businesses need their workplaces to run smoothly, so by safeguarding our colleagues and customers, we ensure that everyone can prosper.”

Other Manufacturers That Won Big
  • In the construction sector, Morrison Energy Services was presented with the Construction (commercial) Award
  • Berkeley Capital was awarded the House Building and Property Development Trophy, highlighting excellence across diverse segments of the industry.
  • Nordex UK and Ireland recieved the Renewable Energy Sector Award
  • Cambridge Weight Plan earned the top award for food and drink manufacturing,
  • Chevron Traffic Management cinched the Construction (engineering) Award
  • L'Oreal North Little Rock were crowned winners of the Manufacturing Award

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards have been held for 68 years covering nearly 60 countries, with almost 2,000 entries. The only royal society in the area of health and safety, the organisation has a long royal lineage spanning a century.

George VI, the future Duke of York, became President of the National “Safety First” association before RoSPA was given its current name.

He later became the organisation's patron in 1926. Queen Elizabeth II was a patron for over 70 years, and now her son, King Charles, occupies the role.

Becky Hickman, RoSPA’s new Chief Executive

Becky Hickman, the new Chief Executive of RoSPA, the first woman to hold the role in the organisation's 100-year-plus history, described the guests awarded as “ the best of the best, saving lives before they were ever known to be in danger.” 

Agreeing with this was Matt Cryer, Head of Awards at RoSPA, who said:

Matt Cryer, Head of Awards at RoSPA

“Last night’s celebration isn't just about accolades; it's a testament to the profound impact of dedication, innovation, and collaboration in health and safety. These awards honour not only achievements, but the tireless efforts of individuals and organisations dedicated to making our world safer for everyone."

The judges for the award included highly experienced senior occupational health and safety professionals and consultants. The panel was chaired by Dee Arp, COO at NEBOSH and other in-house experts

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