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Mitchells Scaffolding Ltd Wins Prestigious Award

Mitchells Scaffolding Ltd has won the Health and Safety Award at the 2015 North West Regional Construction Awards ceremony.

The company had been commended for the award on three previous occasions.

A small company among a number of large organisations, Mitchells Scaffolding Ltd knew receiving the award would be no easy task.

However, it received the award due to developing a first rate team.

Mitchells Scaffolding’s health and safety has always been its priority.

A total of 2000 scaffolding operates have undertaken training and gained the highest level of safe working practice, ultimately working towards the highest standards for their clients.

The company’s Managing Director, Stuart Mitchell, works with operatives to combine knowledge and skill in scaffolding along with many other aspects of construction.

Without first class training, the Health and Safety Award would not have been possible.

The 2015 North West Regional Construction Awards was held at The Palace Hotel, Manchester.

For more information on Mitchells Scaffolding, visit here.

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In safe hands: BSIF Award for Brammer and The Royal Mint

A project by Brammer and The Royal Mint to rationalise the use of safety gloves on site and ensure compatibility and safety for employees has been recognised for its success by the UK’s leading health & safety industry body.

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) aims to improve occupational safety and protect and develop the safety and environmental protection markets. As part of this, the organisation runs the annual BSIF Safety Awards and, in a ceremony at London’s ExCeL Centre on 16 June, Brammer was announced as winner of the Safety Excellence category for its work with The Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

With 33 different types of gloves being used regularly on site by its employees, The Royal Mint was faced with an annual spend in this area of some £70,000. However, the range of products available did not necessarily mean that the most suitable gloves were being used for each task, with gloves often selected on the basis of familiarity over suitability.

Russell Gardiner, Brammer Insite™ Manager based at The Royal Mint, explains the award-winning actions taken to heighten safety for employees: “Brammer joined forces with Ansell, a leading manufacturer of working gloves, to undertake a thorough audit of all areas of glove usage. Chemical analysis was undertaken to confirm the selection was correct, with the chosen gloves then extensively trialled in each working area before a final selection was made. We discovered that 85% of site requirements could be catered to by holding just six types of glove in stock, thanks to the new robust and measurable methodology of product selection.”

Gloves are now also distributed on site through Brammer’s Invend™ service, an industrial vending system with each machine containing only the gloves required in each area. With each member of staff having to enter a code before an item is distributed, The Royal Mint now has full visibility of which gloves have been retrieved by which employee – ensuring complete traceability while identifying any areas of excessive use or incorrect product selection.

John Steggles, Contract Manager at The Royal Mint commented: “Best practice in glove selection and usage is now commonplace throughout the organisation. In terms of optimising health & safety practice and reducing the risk of accidents and the associated lost time, the joint Brammer-Ansell project has been an unprecedented success.”

In awarding the Safety Excellence prize to Brammer and The Royal Mint, the judging panel noted the ‘exceptional and impressive close working relationship’ between the two parties, along with the commitment to ‘improved health & safety best practice combined with the health & safety benefits of the Invend™ service’.

Original Source: http://www.brammer.co.uk/in-safe-hands-bsif-award-for-brammer-and-the-royal-mint.htm