National Road Planing and FM Conway were amongst the big winners in the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) SHE Awards for 2016.
The awards recognise best practice in health and safety and environmental innovation at companies working in live roads and were judged by Ray Cooke, head of construction safety unit at the Health and Safety Executive.
Mr Cooke praised the number and quality of entries, adding: “These [awards] demonstrate the importance that RSTA members attribute to good health and safety practice and they are to be commended in their readiness to share and disseminate best practice to the road maintenance sector.”
There are four categories in the awards, which are sponsored by Nynas Bitument, and National Road Planing won the H&S Innovations category.
The company addressed the respiratory impact of crystalline silica levels and the need to properly protect road workers by conducting trials that determined that only either a full face fit mask or personal dust extract system offers best protection.
National Road Planing’s findings have been presented to the Federation of Planing Contractors and adopted as a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) standard.
Getting works to actually wear PPE is a major problem and FM Conway won the Workforce Involvement category for addressing this problem by involving the workforce through consultation.
Total Bitumen triumphed in the Behavioural Safety category after addressing the ‘it will never happen to me problem’ with its video concerning offloading of bitumen emulsion.
A new category covering Environmental Innovations was won WJ Products for its WJ Hyrdroblast ultra-high pressure water removal system that removes road markings and worn anti-skid surfacing in a more environmentally friendly than burn-off methods.
All the entries were praised by RSTA chief executive Howard Robinso, who said: “All the members who contributed entries are to be congratulated for their embracing health and safety awareness and environmental consideration as integral parts of their business and not just some add-ons. Ultimately good H&S and environmental practice makes good business sense.”