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Award proves it’s safety first for Armstrong World Industries


June 2006, Armstrong World Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of suspended ceiling systems, has won a prestigious International Safety Award from the British Safety Council, in recognition of its commitment to safety in three of its manufacturing plants: Team Valley, Stafford and Uxbridge. 

Only companies with accident incidence rates lower than the industry average were eligible to apply.  The winners had to prove that stringent safety policies and processes are in place across their organisations, as well as demonstrate a keen commitment to health and safety at the highest board level.  They also had to provide details of their health and safety officers’ qualifications and provide information about significant advances they have made in health and safety for the year.

Nick Buckingham, VP Operations at Armstrong, commented:  “The importance of safety in the workplace is something that has long been ingrained into Armstrong’s values and underpins all aspects of the work we do.  To win this award from the UK’s leading safety organisation is great recognition of the work we have put in to looking after our employees.”

David Ballard, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “In 2005/05 there was a decrease in the number of fatal and non-fatal injuries to workers, but there were still 35 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and workplace injury.  A company that consistently works towards improving its safety record is investing in the future.”

HSE Chief Executive, Geoffrey Podger, added: “We are pleased to see companies who demonstrate a firm commitment to health and safety being rewarded. Over 200 people die each year at work, the majority as a result of safety failings, failures that can be prevented by companies putting employee health and safety at the top of their agenda.”


British Safety Award. (pdf)