NSG awarded prestigious Gold Medal for safety excellence

Posted 24 May 2011

Scaffolding firm NSG has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal for its sustained excellence in safety.

The medal was presented by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), after NSG achieved six Gold Awards in a row.

Deeside based NSG, one of the UK's biggest scaffolding firms, has demonstrated a superb track record in working at heights over the past six years. Earlier this year the business celebrated one million working hours without a lost time accident, and in September 2010 it achieved the British Safety Council (BSC) Five Star Award.

NSG has a 450-strong workforce, proving scaffolding, painting and blasting, thermal insulation and a variety of other industrial services to multi-million pound projects across the UK.

Howard Satchell, Compliance Manager at NSG, said: "Safety is paramount to the business so we are delighted to be recognised with the RoSPA award. Alongside the BSC Five Star Award, it demonstrates to our clients and potential customers that we are a responsible and conscientious business that places health and safety as top priority.

"NSG UK had to provide RoSPA with strong evidence of best practice health and safety management. We highlighted our excellent track record over the past year and safety schemes such as 'Watch What You're Doing'. This scheme was developed and implemented by the shop floor staff at NSG, as we felt it was important for them to have ownership. They are trained to monitor the health and safety actions of colleagues, make recommendations for on site improvements and engage in regular meetings with senior managers."

NSG Managing Director Mike Carr said: "We work closely with our employees and customers to continually improve our performance, and the Gold Medal is tribute to the hard work and dedication of the whole workforce. This is the sixth year on the run that our safety performance has been recognised on a national level and we will endeavor to keep up our excellent record."

Mr Satchell added that NSG continually reviews its health and safety performance and ensures that all employees are fully trained and aware of their responsibilities.

"Our policies and procedures are always being checked over to see if we can improve," he said. "This, alongside our interaction and monitoring of the workforce ensures that we keep health and safety at the highest possible level."

A RoSPA spokesman said: "NSG has achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss."

NSG works in a variety of sectors, maintaining growth over the last year in the construction and engineering sectors while expanding into the rail, social housing, marine and off-shore, oil and gas, and nuclear sectors.

For more information on NSG's services call 01244 833100 or visit www.nsguk.net