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Raymond Brown award prize for H&S initiative of the year

L. Thompson & S. Spurgeon

Proposal for daily pre-shift safety brief / handover shift brief wins quarry manager £1,000 prize

AS part of an ongoing commitment to health, safety, quality and the environment (HSQE), and to encourage innovation amongst their staff, Raymond Brown run an annual Health & Safety Initiative Competition across the business.

The scheme is designed to encourage staff to come up with new incentives and ideas which will further improve health and safety throughout the company.


This year a total of eight entries were submitted, and in deciding on a winner the directors selected the entry that they thought would have the most significant impact on the business.

The winner was quarry manager Simon Spurgeon (right of photo), who came up with the idea for a daily pre-shift safety brief / daily handover shift brief.

His idea is for this two-way form of communication to take place at the start of every working day to highlight any safety issues, near misses, site conditions, activities, visitors due, safety alerts, personnel issues, site improvements and plant issues.

The directors thought that the introduction of these briefings would be of great benefit to the business as it expands and as a number of the firm’s sites start to operate multiple-shift working patterns.

Mr Spurgeon was presented with a £1,000 cheque by operations director Lee Thompson for putting forward his proposal. 


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