John Laing is celebrating winning one of the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards in 2011.

The Gold Award was presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Thursday 19 May.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), a safety charity, launched its awards programme 55 years ago. 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.

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. John Laing 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.”

Robin Phayre, John Laing Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) & Business Continuity (BC) Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received this prestigious award for the second year running that is testimony to John Laing’s hard work in providing safe and healthy conditions for our employees and the communities with which we work. To be recognised with a Gold Award is an accolade we are extremely proud of, encouraging us to continue to maintain and improve our health and safety performance”.

The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.

Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 sectors, and specialist awards recognise excellence in specific areas, such as the management of occupational road risk.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011 are sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the leading health and safety professional examining body.

Three days of award ceremonies and three gala evening dinners were held in Birmingham from May 17-19, alongside Safety & Health Expo 2011, Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition. An award ceremony and gala dinner will also take place in Glasgow in September.

See www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.