STAFF at a Portsmouth-based construction company are celebrating after notching up 3m man hours without a reportable accident.
Warings saw 25 months pass without a significant accident, and means it will now be setting its sights on the 4m hours benchmark.
Warings’ safety commitment has won high-profile recognition, with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents honouring the business with a gold medal.
The honour, the third gold medal Warings has received, recognises the company’s outstanding achievement in winning eight consecutive gold awards since 2004.
At the same time, the Royal Society has rewarded Warings’ ecological commitment with the Dilmun Environmental Award.
Sponsored by the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company of Bahrain, the sought-after award recognises excellence in environmental as well as health and safety management.
A major industry title, previous winners of the award rank among some of the biggest names in the construction sector.
Brian Ormiston, head of health and safety at Warings, said: ‘We have worked so hard to put safety at the heart of literally everything we do and it is really fantastic to be recognised for that.
‘Reaching the 3m million mark is a massive achievement, but to have the Dilmun award at the same time, together with the gold medal, just goes to show that we are leading the way in safety in the construction industry.
‘One of the reasons this is so special is because it means that there have been no unhappy stories about accidents for a very long time. That, in the end, is what this is all about: caring for our people while doing a fantastic job.’
Phillipe Jouy, Warings managing director, vowed the company would keep its health and safety focus.
He added: ‘Unfortunately, with safety more than anything else, past performance is not a guarantee of future success and we all need to keep our vigilance at its highest in order to preserve this fine record.’
Warings is part of Bouygues, the global construction and services group.