A Bellway site manager has been named as the national winner in the NHBC’s Health and Safety Awards.
Jan Ruddick oversees construction at The Priory in Thringstone, Leicestershire, which won the Best Site award for 2017.
This followed Jan’s Quality Award win in the first round of the NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards, which was announced in June.
The Health and Safety Awards win was revealed at a ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham earlier this month and it took Jan by surprise.
“I couldn’t believe it. I missed out on winning once before, two years ago, so that was my incentive to win this time. The presenter said he’d never seen a celebration like it at an awards ceremony.”
The NHBC is an independent body tasked with ensuring standards are maintained and continually improving in the new homes sector. NHBC inspectors make regular visits to new developments and they judge health and safety standards on an ongoing basis.
Winning the national award requires unwavering attention to detail. It is the site manager’s responsibility to ensure all health and safety protocols are being followed, as well as coming up with innovative ways to spread the message.
“I worked closely with my Regional Health and Safety Manager, Claire Walker, and came up with ways of working with the community. This included hosting some sessions with a local school to teach them about health and safety on site.
“I learned a lot from missing out on the award the first time and putting my ideas into practice was a genuine team effort. I’d especially like to thank Gary Read, my labourer, and John Pollard, my forklift driver, for all their support.”
Jan has worked for Bellway for more than seven years, spending the last 12 months managing the site at The Priory, and he says he has set the standard for next year.
“You can’t get higher than winning a national health and safety award. The challenge is going to be to retain the title.”
Gary Mills, Managing Director of Bellway East Midlands, said:
“To win the national NHBC Health and Safety Award is a huge achievement and it is very well deserved by Jan. His focus and determination to protect people on site and within the local community are admirable.
“Every year this award becomes more difficult to win, as site managers across the country strive to find new ways to improve. Jan has achieved this while maintaining exemplary build standards, as is demonstrated by his Quality Award for 2017.”