Safety's a priority as McCarthy & Stone stands out at Building Safety Group Awards

24 October 2016

The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy & Stone, is celebrating after being awarded three national awards at the Building Safety Group’s (BSG) Health and Safety Awards, including the ‘BSG Innovation Award’.

The awards are a national celebration of Health and Safety in the workplace, recognising individuals and organisations who consistently demonstrate an exceptional commitment to high standards of safety. BSG boasts over 800 companies across 3500 sites and the 2016 awards ceremony took place on the 19th October at the Williams F1 Conference centre in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

The coveted Innovation Award was awarded to Site Manager, Steve Delorean, who developed a unique system for securing patio doors at height to prevent falls. Steve beat off strong competition to secure the coveted award, and his device is already in use across multiple McCarthy & Stone sites up and down the country. 

Steve Delorean with his BSG Innovation Award

Also among the awards was Craig Wright, site Manager in our North-West Region, who won the BSG Site Manager of the Year Award for the North of England. Craig won the award for his continuous dedication to improvements in safety against strong opposition presented by several hundred Site Managers across all aspects of construction.

Craig Wright with his BSG Site Manager of the year for North England Award

As well as these, McCarthy & Stone's North East regions also came away with the ‘Highly Commended' prize in the BSG Member of the Year award - a great accolade for the region, competing against all other BSG Members in the North of England.

McCarthy & Stone's North East region 'Highly Commended' in BSG member of the year

Congratulations were also in order for Brendan Sullivan who was nominated for Site Manager of the Year in the Midlands against a huge field of opposition including several hundred Site Managers from across the region, and from all areas of construction. 

Commenting on the award wins, Ray Kelly, Health and Safety Operations Director for McCarthy & Stone said: “We are extremely delighted to have won not one, but three prestigious BSG awards. BSG has around 800 members from all parts of the construction industry, so these awards compare us, not just with housebuilders, but with our wider peer-group. To be nominated is, in itself, an achievement, but to win three awards proves we have the very best staff in place across both our regional and site teams, and a continuously improving safety culture where our commitment to maintaining high standards of safety always comes first.

“Steve Delorean in particular demonstrates just what can be achieved when our committed teams come together to work towards one common goal. He has seen an ongoing challenge at site level and came up with a simple but secure invention that gives a high standard of protection against a fall from height risk. This is now used across all our regions, and is a clear example of someone who cares about safety and thinks about the wider issues involved to improve practices every day.

“As the leading provider of purpose-built retirement accommodation we take great pride in the work we do. Health and safety really is one of the fundamental principles of our business and we are committed to investing in training and regular site inspections to ensure we are continually improving. Winning a BSG award is a truly fantastic accolade and no single person could have achieved these awards or award nominations alone – the achievement should, and will be shared by all of us here.”

The Building Safety Group (BSG) was founded fifty years ago as a not-for-profit organisation specialising in providing health, safety and environmental advice for the construction industry. They have over 750 members in 3,000 workplaces throughout the country and help members to prevent accidents, protect their workforce from harm and still deliver projects on time and within budget.

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