Speedy - the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services – has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in its 2011 Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

Winning a silver award for its commitment to health and safety across the construction industry, Speedy will be presented with the accolade at a ceremony held next month at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre.

Its Safety from the Ground Up campaign launched back in 2005, was the first of its kind and aims to increase awareness of best practice across the industry as well as providing training and guidance on handling tools and equipment safely.

Speedy also works closely with organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Federation of Master Builders to deliver schemes that promote safe working within SME businesses.

RoSPA’s awards scheme was launched 55 years ago and assesses accident records as well as entrants’ health and safety management systems which include practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

The award comes in addition to Speedy being shortlisted in six categories for the annual Hire Awards of Excellence, winners for which will be announced in May.

Steve Corcoran, chief executive at Speedy said: “Our commitment to support our customers in reducing work-related accidents by promoting safer working practices at site level, is both long-standing and ongoing. This award recognises a fantastic team effort from everyone at Speedy to ensure safety remains high on our agenda and reinforces our determination to stay at the forefront of business in raising the standards of health and safety awareness across the whole of UK industry”.

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. Speedy 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.”

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

Three days of award ceremonies and three gala evening dinners will be held in Birmingham from May 17-19, in conjunction with the 2011 Safety & Health Expo.

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