One million hoursofsafety
A FLAGSHIP construction project has been rewarded for its outstanding health and safety record.
The Middlesbrough College development at Middlehaven will welcome up to 15,000 full and part-time students and 600 staff when it opens for enrolment in August.
Laing-O’Rourke Construction North has achieved more than a million hours working on the project without a single reportable accident.
In addition, the company has received a Gold Award in recognition of its outstanding health and safety record by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Martin Peagam, Middlesbrough College’s assistant principal - business development, said: “The construction industry does not generally have the best record for health and safety, but it is taken very seriously by everyone connected with this landmark project at the heart of the Middlehaven regeneration scheme.
“The achievement is made all the more remarkable given the complex nature of the building which is fast becoming a talking point for people travelling along the A66 in and out of Middlesbrough.”
The new Middlesbrough College is a five-storey building covering 32,000sqm boasting more than 70 classrooms, six science laboratories, a theatre, gymnastic training centre and fitness studio, hair and beauty salons, training kitchens, recording studios, a travel shop and much more.
More than 1,000 people - including college learners and staff, and members of local business and community groups - have visited the site since construction began in September 2006.
Laing O’Rourke ensures safety is paramount and encourages all staff and visitors to report any dangerous situations immediately.
This exemplary attitude to health and safety has been recognised by RoSPA’s Gold Award and is the first time Laing O’Rourke has received such an accolade for an individual site project.
Andrew McHugh, Laing O’Rourke’s project leader at the site, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition. The achievement of one million hours without a reportable accident is down to the co-operation and commitment shown by everyone involved.”