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Jeld-Wen UK wins national safety award

Published:  01 June, 2009

SHEFFIELD: Jeld-Wen has received international safety awards at two of its manufacturing sites from one of the world’s leading training and advisory bodies.

The British Safety Council awarded Jeld-Wen’s sites in Sheffield (doors) and Lowestoft (timber components) accreditation that recognises companies with below average accident rates and robust health and safety policies.  

Employees from the two factories joined top names in the health and safety industry to be presented with the award at a special ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said: “These awards recognise the crucial success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters at an international level.

"I am confident that by continuing to work in partnership with employers and employees we can tackle the many challenges we face to achieve a healthier, safer and sustainable society. We will strive to accomplish our goals in reducing the burden on employers and employees and cutting the 36 million working days currently lost each year through work-related ill-health and injury.”

Keith Claydon, group health and safety facilitator for Jeld-Wen, said: “This is the third year we have achieved such awards and we are delighted.  

"It is a testament to the hard work of our staff in developing a health and safety culture across our manufacturing sites.  It is really important that everyone who comes to work in our business knows they are properly protected and we recognise how vital it is to minimise risks, reduce accidents and ensure a more secure working environment for all concerned.”

For the British Safety Council Awards, only companies with accident incidence rates better than the industry average are eligible to apply. Winners must have sound safety policies and plans, showing a commitment to health and safety from the shop floor to the boardroom. They must detail their health and safety officers’ qualifications and provide details of significant health and safety advances for the year.

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