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Lhoist UK scoop John Crabbe Memorial Trophy

John Crabbe Memorial Trophy winners Lhoist UK

MPA Health and Safety Conference and Awards 2016 focuses on Inspirational and Effective Leadership

A PACKED house of 285 delegates, representing 62 organizations, explored the critical role that ‘Inspirational and Effective Leadership’ plays in achieving Zero Harm in the workplace, at this year’s Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health and Safety Conference and Awards at 30 Euston Square on Thursday 10 November, where Lhoist UK picked up the prestigious John Crabbe Memorial Trophy for ‘outstanding excellence in health and safety’.

A key aspect of the day was when chief executive officers and other representatives from the MPA’s members signed to restate their pledge to ‘achieve Zero Harm by setting an example and leading in all aspects of safety and health’. This was timed to mark the launch of the MPA’s Safer and Healthier by Leadership programme.


Hosted by BBC presenter Sybil Ruscoe, the morning’s proceedings were devoted to keynote conference speakers and interactive panel sessions, whilst the afternoon session was devoted to celebrating innovation and achievement through the MPA Health & Safety Awards. Overall, the 2016 awards scheme attracted 140 entries from 20 different organizations, with submissions equally balanced between companies of all sizes.

Lhoist UK were awarded the John Crabbe Memorial Trophy for ‘outstanding excellence in health and safety’, in recognition that health and well-being is very clearly embedded in the business’s core values with a whole series of physical and psychological initiatives, including the introduction of a Zero Harm Behaviours Framework programme and industry peer reviews.

The Hills Group were announced as the winners of the Sir Frank Davies Trophy, in acknowledgement of their leadership and workforce engagement, and the application of these principles across all aspects of the company’s business and links within the wider community.

Special awards were given to: the MPA Transport Health and Safety Working Group, for producing and distributing 18,000 copies of the ‘MPA Drivers Handbook’; CEMEX UK and FM Conway, for encouraging safer and healthier leadership by sharing through and, which connect more than 30,000 people across 160 countries through safety alerts; and Singleton Birch, for maintaining excellent health and safety standards and contributing to health and safety initiatives within the MPA membership and in Europe.

See below for the complete list of all this year’s winners:

  • John Crabbe Memorial Trophy for overall ‘outstanding excellence in health and safety’: Lhoist UK
  • Sir Frank Davies Trophy: Hills Quarry Products
  • Bitumen; Asphalt; Contract Surfacing: Colas Ltd
  • Worker Involvement: Celsa Steel Services UK
  • Transport Initiatives: Tarmac Ltd
  • Occupational Health and Well Being: Brett Group Ltd
  • Contractor Safety: Colas Ltd
  • Engineering Initiatives: Brett Group Ltd
  • Reducing Occupational Road Risk: FM Conway Ltd
  • Behavioural Safety; Safety Culture; Leadership: EPC-UK plc
  • MPA Special Award: MPA Transport H&S Working Group: Nick Elliot Breedon/Hope; Robert Wilkinson, CEMEX; Nigel Clamp, Hanson; Wayne Darwin, Tarmac; and Leslie Grabarz, CEMEX
  • MPA Special Award for companies with more than 100 employees: FM Conway, CEMEX UK
  • MPA Special Award for companies with 1–100 employees: Singleton Birch.

In addition, 10 individuals were recognized for their personal health and safety contributions: Rob Buston, Brett Group; Andrew Parsons, CEMEX UK; Stephen Bull, CEMEX UK; Steve Taylor, CEMEX UK; Nigel Mitchell, CEMEX UK; Ryan Wood, Colas Ltd; Chris Taylor, Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd; Richard Needham, Aggregate Industries; John Hudson, Colas Ltd; and Peter Smith, Colas Ltd.


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