New Highways England awards celebrate the best in the highways sector
A new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best of the highways sector has been launched by Highways England to showcase individuals, teams, projects and companies.
Nominations opened this week, and are invited from all Highways England employees, its suppliers and their supply chain (including extended supply chain and small and medium enterprises).
To recognise the very best of its suppliers and staff, Highways England has combined the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards and the Supplier Recognition Scheme.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “At Highways England we are constantly challenging ourselves and our supply chain to achieve more for our customers. We focus our efforts around our three imperatives – safety, customer and delivery – and seek out ways to improve and innovate in these areas.
“The Highways England Awards allow us to reflect on our accomplishments, celebrate our achievements and share examples of excellence in our industry. These awards will continue the legacy of the Supplier Recognition Scheme and the Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards under a single event, which recognises the very best work of our company and its suppliers.
“I encourage you to apply for these awards. I know we have committed, talented and motivated people in our company and supply chain. This is your opportunity to take pride in your achievements and allow Highways England to celebrate the contributions made by those who work with us and for us.”
Judges will be looking for nominations that demonstrate clear outcomes and benefits and illustrate how these have been evaluated. The winners will reflect the very best of the business and demonstrate the highest standards for the industry.
The ten award categories are:
- Excellence in Occupational Health and Wellbeing
- Excellence in Safety for Road Users
- Championing Safety
- Leading Behaviour Change for Safety
- Excellence in Customer Service
- Improving Customers Journeys
- Improving Employee Engagement and Behavioural Change
- Excellence in Environment and Sustainability
- Leading Efficiencies and Continuous Improvement
- Project of the Year
In addition, the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Safety, which focusses specifically on excellence in safety and getting people ‘home safe and well’, will also be presented at the awards.
Previous Highways England award scheme winners include SafetyCam – a mobile road worker protection system that collects hard evidence of drivers entering roadworks to improve road worker safety. On average there are nearly 300 incidents a week of incursions and abuse reported by road workers. In 2016/17, a total of 31 fatal injuries to workers were caused by being struck by a moving vehicle. SafetyCam is tackling these issues, with 13 vehicles operational and another 10 due soon. Since being introduced they have already secured one.
Darren Nelson, Chief Executive, Carnell Support Service Ltd said: “Winning a Highways England Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award provided us with a powerful endorsement of SafetyCam, our road worker protection system. This has not only raised awareness of our innovation, but also the dangers that site teams face every day on the strategic road network.
“Since the awards success we have seen an increase in requests for long-term deployment from clients nationwide, which has led to us doubling our fleet. We are proud to have developed and shared a solution that has led to a demonstrable improvement in driver behaviour through road works.”
The entry form is available on www.highwaysengland.co.uk/awards and the closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 3 December and a ceremony to present the awards will take place in Birmingham on 28 March 2019.