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Wales & West Utilities has won its fourth consecutive gold award at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017.

The gas emergency and pipeline service, which serves 7.5 million people across Wales and the south west of England, achieved the gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Wales & West Utilities colleagues celebrate their RoSPA award

RoSPA’s mission to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. The RoSPA Awards recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year.

Graham Edwards, Wales & West Utilities Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to, once again, scoop this prestigious award for our performance in safety and our drive to continually improve safety standards during 2016. Safety is a top priority for us and to achieve our fourth consecutive gold demonstrates a great level of consistency which we are incredibly proud of.

“We’re always trying to find ways in which we can work to improve safety standards for customers and colleagues alike. We’re delighted that our work has been recognised by RoSPA.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said:

“The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. For the first time in 2017, the Patron’s Award has been presented to those organisations that have achieved consecutive gold awards for 25 years or more.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are specialist awards for occupational health, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving Wales and the south west of England. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being replaced with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards