AV Dawson wins British Steel health and safety award

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Teesside freight logistics specialist AV Dawson has been recognised by British Steel for its commitment to health and safety.

The Middlesbrough-based business, which operates an onsite logistics service for British Steel at its Lackenby and Skinningrove sites, was presented with the 2017 award for H&S excellence.

The award, which is to recognise contract companies that have excelled during British Steel’s shutdown period, was presented to AV Dawson’s Skinningrove team at British Steel’s safety event this month.

Vic Nicholas, British Steel health, safety and training facilitator, who submitted the nomination for the Tees firm, said: “AV Dawson has a core crew of employees and also recruits from outside agencies during our planned shutdowns. A lot of effort and energy is put into pre-shutdown safety and the new agency workers are taken through a lengthy safety induction.”

In addition to operating to its own high standards of health and safety, which are officially accredited under industry-recognised health and safety, quality and environmental management systems, AV Dawson has embraced British Steel’s own safety campaigns over the years. The most recent of these is British Steel’s goal of zero harm, promoting a safe, injury-free environment.

Vic continued: “Having completed a zero harm shut down for the fourth consecutive year, representing a total of eight shutdowns and an astonishing amount of man hours (average 2500 per shutdown), AV Dawson demonstrates consistently its drive to deliver zero harm.”

AV managing director Gary Dawson added: “I’m thrilled to receive this award from British Steel.

“Safety is our number one value and this goes to illustrate the emphasis we place on health and safety on a practical level, every day.

“Both our onsite team at Skinningrove and our wider health and safety team work very closely with our colleagues at British Steel to promote good practice and this award further demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of our relationship.”


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