Lorry driver wins union ‘Oscar’ award

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A LORRY driver has won a trade union ‘Oscar’ in recognition of his work to improve workplace health and safety.

Tony Berry, who works in Fareham for wholesaler Palmer and Harvey, was awarded Health and Safety Rep of the Year at Usdaw’s National Organising Awards held in Manchester.

He beat six other finalists, drawn from nearly 100 nominations, to win the award.

The 62-year-old, from Waterlooville, was nominated for his ‘tireless work’ improving safety at his company, adding: ‘I couldn’t believe it when my name was pulled out of the winning envelope. The list of other candidates was so impressive

‘I never expected to win. It was a really friendly event, everyone congratulated me on the night and colleagues at work have all said well done – you deserve it.’

Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett said: ‘The standard of nominations is exceptional high and Tony’s award is richly deserved.’