Safety first for Bellway’s Brian Waddell

Brian Waddell

Bellway site manager Brian Waddell has won a top building industry award for his work at Chandler’s Way in Broxburn.

Brian will receive his Commended Best Site NHBC Health and Safety Award on July 6 at an awards ceremony at ICC Birmingham, hosted by Rory Bremner.

He is one of only 57 site managers in the UK to have been recognised for his commitment to achieving the very best in on-site health and safety and will go on to compete for the Highly Commended and National titles.

Brian, who lives in Kilsyth and has been with Bellway for two years, said: “I’ve hit the crossbar four or five times before but this is the first time I have actually won the award and I am absolutely delighted.

“Health and Safety is always our top priority but it is especially so at Chandler’s Way as we have seven houses which are already occupied right in the middle of the site and I have to make sure that every employee and contractor adheres to the highest safety standards while we build the other homes around them.”

Fraser Conn, sales director for Bellway Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “Brian has demonstrated what an amazing site manager he is in particularly challenging conditions and richly deserves this award.”

Stephen Ashworth, NHBC health and safety services manager, said: “The record number of entries we received this year shows that house builders are committed to driving up health and safety standards, and show a real desire to keep their colleagues and workplaces safe and healthy.

“Each Commended Winner understands and demonstrates that good health and safety practice is inextricably linked to good organisation, good quality and good customer service.

“Our health and safety advisors make several visits to every winning site and have scored them against the highly stringent standards set for the competition. We now have an outstanding shortlist of finalists; our independent panel of judges have definitely got their work cut out this year.”

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