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Marshalls plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer of superior, innovative hard landscaping products, has scooped a prestigious safety award from one of the world’s leading training and advisory bodies.

Following gruelling tests by a strict independent adjudicating panel, Marshalls West Lane Works, situated near Halifax, was given the esteemed International Safety Award by the British Safety Council (BSC).

Jonathan Wilson, Business Unit Manager, Marshalls West Lane, said:

“We are delighted to have received this prestigious award from the BSC in recognition of our Health & Safety procedures. Marshalls takes the welfare of its entire staff very seriously and this is not only a commendation for the company’s attitude towards this important subject but the actions of all the employees at West Lane & Marshalls who implement Health & Safety procedures every working day. Without that kind of commitment we would never have achieved this acknowledgment.”

Winners must have good safety policies, plans and commitment to health and safety at the highest level and also be endeavouring to improve the safety culture within their organisation. They must detail their health and safety officers’ qualifications and provide information about significant advances they have made in health and safety for the year.

Mr Brian Nimick, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, says:

“For more than 50 years, we have led the way in promoting health, safety and environmental best practice in society. In the 21st century, many organisations worldwide are now making health and safety a top priority. Through achieving an International Safety Award, Marshalls is helping to make our vision of a safe working environment a reality.”

Prime Minster Gordon Brown added his support:

“I am delighted to send my congratulations to all those organisations being presented with an award by the British Safety Council. These awards recognise the crucial success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters at an international level. The event provides an opportunity to publicly recognise the important contribution made by the British Safety Council in promoting health, safety and environmental best practice. I would like to place on record my appreciation of the support given by the Council in raising public awareness of the benefits effective health, safety and environmental management brings to business, employees, the environment and the economy as a whole. I am confident that by continuing to work in partnership with you, employers and employees we can tackle the many challenges we face to achieve a healthier, safer and sustainable society. We will strive to accomplish our goals in reducing the burden on employers and employees and cutting the 36 million working days currently lost each year through work-related ill-health and injury.”