Golden double as Jones Bros achieves top level of safety award for second year in a row14th Apr 2010

Ruthin civil engineering firm, Jones Bros, is celebrating a golden double after securing a prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for the second year in succession.

The annual RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards go to firms that demonstrate outstanding health and safety procedures in the workplace and are considered to be a mark of excellence by all sectors in industry.

Family-owned firm, Jones Bros has long been recognised for its high-standard safety procedures. The company even set up its own stand-alone training centre to ensure health and safety training is available to all employees as they need it.

Osian ab Ifan, Jones Bros director with overall responsibility for health, safety and welfare systems, praised the firm’s 265 employees, who ensured the company won the award.
“They know the importance of maintaining high standards for the welfare of everyone who works on a Jones Bros site. For us to achieve the gold standard for two years in succession is a tribute to them.

“It shows that our entire team is fully on board when it comes to health and safety and that they recognise the real benefits of good practice, not only to themselves and their colleagues, but also to our clients and the public at large.”

RoSPA Gold Award winners have to achieve a very high level of performance, demonstrating well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

Inspectors look at the full spectrum of an organisation’s activities before allocating one of four categories of award: merit, bronze, silver or gold.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager said: “Jones Bros has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees and others. Organisations which do this deserve to have such dedication recognised.

“As well as there being clear, ethical reasons and legal requirements for good health and safety management, there is also a strong business case.”

The awards scheme is not only about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill health at work, but also encourages organisations to develop robust health and safety management systems.

The awards are sponsored by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

Currently, the company is working on projects as diverse as windfarms in Scotland, new sea defences in Tywyn, Merionydd and the Porthmadog bypass.