NHBC honours UK’s safest housebuilders

The UK’s safest housebuilders have been honoured for outstanding dedication to health and safety as NHBC announced the winners of the first round of its annual Health and Safety Awards.

Now in their seventh year, the awards recognise site managers’ commitment to excellent health and safety practice on site. They help to drive up safety standards in housebuilding by showcasing and sharing best practice.

In total 61 site managers were Commended and will now go on to compete for the Highly Commended, Runners up and National winners to be announced on 8 July 2016. All sites were visited by NHBC Health and Safety advisors and scored to stringent standards.

According to the Health & Safety Executive the number of fatal injuries in construction was 20 per cent lower in 2014-15 than the five year average between 2010-11 and 2014-15 at 35; almost half of which were caused by falls from height.

The NHBC commented:

“Every casualty on site is unacceptable; however it is reassuring to see that housebuilders across the UK continue to safeguard their colleagues by placing health and safety practice high on their agenda. The number of fatal injuries in construction has substantially decreased over the last 40 years.”

Tom Kitchen, NHBC health and safety operations manager, said:

“Many congratulations to all the winners on achieving their NHBC Health and Safety Commended Award. We had a record number of entries this year and now have an outstanding shortlist of finalists.

“The awards strengthen the importance given to health and safety on house-building sites across the UK. To win an award at this level clearly shows the individual commitment to preserving an excellent health and safety record and ups the ante for other site managers. We wish them the very best of luck in the next stage of the competition.”