Lanes Group plc wins 8th prestigious RoSPA Gold Award

Lanes Group plc has is won a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for the 8th year in a row.

The achievement means the UK’s largest independent drainage and wastewater maintenance specialist retains its RoSPA Gold Medal, awarded for achieving multiple consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents annual award scheme, now in its 61st year, is one of the most rigorous and prestigious tests of health and safety in the UK.

Lanes Group Managing Director Wayne Earnshaw said: “To win the RoSPA Gold Award each year, we have to demonstrate continuous improvement.

“This is one aspect of this latest win that is most pleasing. Retaining the RoSPA Gold Medal tells our customers and the wider public that we set high standards, yet we are constantly striving to do better.

“I would like to thank all our teams across the Lanes family for their contribution to this success.

“It shows our strategy of safeguarding and improving the health, wellbeing and safety of our staff, our customers and the thousands of other people we meet while doing our work every day is robust and fit for purpose.”

The RoSPA Gold Award relates to all core business activity within Lanes, including services provided by its 21 regional depots, as well as Lanes Utilities, and Lanes Rail.

Detailed evidence and data was submitted to RoSPA about every aspect of occupational health and safety, including leadership, training, staff engagement, risk assessment, incident monitoring and investigation.

Lanes could point to a range of health and safety initiatives implemented over the last 12 months, some of them significant innovations within the drainage and utilities industries.

They included the launch, by Lanes Utilities, of a 360-degree Igloo video theatre to train teams working on its wastewater network maintenance contract for Thames Water, the first facility of its kind in the UK.

A digital health and safety app has also been rolled out across the Lanes depot network to support more effective auditing of services and sharing of health and safety information.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety. Winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record.”

Lanes is due to receive its RoSPA Gold award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday, July 13, 2017.