Ibstock Brick recognised for its health and safety initiatives across its production sites

Nine Ibstock Brick projects have been recognised for commitment to health and safety at the British Ceramic Confederation’s Pledge Awards.

The awards, which took place during the British Ceramic Confederation’s Pledge Conference, recognise efforts to continually improve health and safety and are an opportunity to share good practice.

Andrew Craddock, Production Director at Ibstock Brick, commented: “It was fantastic to see so many of our factories and employees recognised for their commitment to improving health and safety at the Pledge Awards. It is the number one priority across our sites and by following Ibstock plc’s 12 Fundamentals we can focus on the prevention of injury and harm to our people. Teamwork is at the heart of changing health and safety behaviours and we encourage everybody to keep up the great work so that the risks faced can be reduced or removed entirely.”

In the Open Category Awards, four factories were acknowledged;

  • Dorket Head (Nottingham); fixed blade knife removal and team work to reduce dehacker risks.
  • Leicester; new safety concern tracker, safety vision and stand down days initiative.
  • Throckley (Tyne and Wear); team work to resolve a stored energy issue.
  • Nostell (Wakefield, West Yorkshire) received a special recognition for the introduction of new sensors to address shrink wrapping machine risks. The judges felt this was an innovative solution to reduce the chance of entrance into a hazardous area of the factory which was potentially transferable to other sites in the sector.

In the Occupational Health Awards, two factories were acknowledged;

  • South Holmwood (Dorking); introduction of measures to control dust and Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS).
  • Swanage; for its improvement in dust control.

In the Contractor Awards, Martin Cowman Ltd was recognised for its work at Dorket Head where they completed four projects over a two-year period. This included the removal of a hazardous ramp from the yard, resurfacing of the car park, stockyard and exit roadways and hard surfacing the lorry parking area.

Twelve Ibstock Brick employees were also recognised for their great efforts to improving health and safety; Paul Carey, Michael Caughey, Anthony Challenger, Andy Chennell, Ian Ebsworth, Shaun Engert, Neil Jay, Gavin Logie, Mark Murphy, Matthew Scott, Paul Tutt and Rob Willmer.

Ibstock Brick follows The 12 Fundamentals – the main points on which Ibstock plc’s health and safety policies are built. They are aimed at promoting a culture of safety awareness amongst employees and highlight how best practice can keep staff safe. They were adopted several years ago to minimise the risks in undertaking hazardous activities where both employees and contractors have historically been injured.