MetroMail scoops special safety sword award

Metromail's Neil Buckett, left, being presented with the award by Michael  Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council.
Metromail's Neil Buckett, left, being presented with the award by Michael Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council.
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Seaham-based MetroMail has joined some of the world’s biggest brands to pickup a top award.

The firm was one of just 61 companies to win a Sword of Honour as part of a health and safety commendation from the British Safety Council.

The sword is given to organisations who demonstrate excellence in of health and safety management.

MetroMail engineering manager Neil Buckett said: “We always work really hard to maintain our health and safety standards, and continually review our processes to ensure we are bang up to date with procedures to protect our staff.

“So when we were told that we were receiving the Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council we were delighted to say the least.”

A delegation collected the award from London and it will take pride of place in the Seaham plant.

“It’s such an honour,” added Neil.

To compete for the Sword of Honour, an organisation has to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit scheme and demonstrate excellence in health and safety management to an independent panel of experts.

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to 61 of our member organisations who have won the Sword of Honour. These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health and safety risks.

“All of the Sword-winning organisations share a commitment and resolve to achieving the highest standards of health and safety management. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.”

MetroMail also recently won silver in the North East Better Health At Work Awards – beating last year’s bronze.