Gold award

Posted: Friday 12th August 2011

A WATER industry contractor in Hampshire has been awarded gold by safety charity RoSPA in its annual occupational health and safety awards.

BTU, headquartered near Portsmouth, provides long-term maintenance and repair services to Southern Water, including at treatment works and pumping stations in Hampshire and Sussex.

The firm has also completed a year-long project to construct an open water storage facility, holding up to 75 million litres, and pumping station near Pulborough in West Sussex.

BTU, with satellite offices at Pulborough and Horsham in West Sussex, employs 150 staff across its office and field operations, including from in and around Southampton.

It is the second year in a row that BTU, which began operations two summers ago as a joint venture between Southampton-based civil engineering contractor Trant and Walsall-headquartered Barhale, has been awarded gold by RoSPA.

Glen Carlin, Safety Health Environmental Manager for BTU, said: “Whilst gold is a great achievement, publicly recognising the hard work of all the staff at BTU, we must never become complacent. We have to be ever-vigilant – employees are acutely aware that accidents hurt but preventing them doesn’t.”

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention deserve recognition.

“BTU has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award.”

The scheme looks not only at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

RoSPA launched its awards programme 55 years ago. The ceremony was held in Birmingham.

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