Jones Bros engineer commended for site safety14th Mar 2013

Efforts to keep staff safe on a Yorkshire windfarm development have landed a top award for a Jones Bros site manager.

Eryl Evans, who oversaw the construction of the Sixpenny Wood Wind Farm near Howden, has been named the North of England winner at the Building Safety Group’s Site Manager Awards.

29-year-old Eryl, from Ruthin, has overseen a number of proactive initiatives to ensure safety targets are met since construction work on the ten-turbine site began in February 2012.

Eryl said: “It reflects how seriously we take our health and safety, and it’s a credit to everyone who’s worked on site, from the client through to the team, who have really embraced the measures we’ve put in place.

“Jones Bros won a similar award in 2009 for the work on the Tywyn coastal defence scheme, so it just goes to show how high on the list of priorities health and safety is here.”

An initiative to install a notice board, which is updated daily, to alert staff to hazards on site and the discovery of a potentially dangerous situation left by a sub-contractor were among the reasons Eryl was selected for the award.

His efforts to ensure health and safety documents are well organised, the use of fencing and lighting to keep staff safe near trenches and the well-planned layout of the site were also noted by the award’s judging panel.

Jones Bros managing director Huw Jones said he was delighted with the success.

“We’re very proud of Eryl for winning this award. It’s a great achievement in an area of our work that is extremely important.

“The success also reflects the commitment we have to health and safety throughout Jones Bros, and I would like to thank our workforce for the part they played in our achievement.”

The Building Safety Group is a leading health, safety and environmental consultancy company which carries out regular site inspections and offers advice to its members on building projects across the UK.

Every year the BSG celebrate the efforts of site managers across the UK through the Site Manager Awards, with Eryl one of eight regional winners for 2012.

BSG Managing Director, Paul Kimpton said the award reflected Jones Bros’ dedication to site safety.

“We were delighted to present this award to Eryl Evans of Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Co Ltd.

“Winning the award, is not only a fantastic achievement for the Site Manager themselves, but it also reflects on the company as a whole and The Building Safety Group are pleased to be associated with a company dedicated to making health and safety issues paramount in every project.”