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Briggs of Burton wins RoSPA Gold Award

Burton business who has been a major employer for nearly 300 years in the town is leading the way in workplace safety

One of Burton’s longest standing companies has been recognised for its ongoing commitment to staff safety as it champions the Zero Harm Initiative – working with businesses to raise the importance of health and safety in the workplace.

Briggs of Burton PLC, which is based in Derby Street, provides process engineering solutions for leading companies across the world in a variety of areas including pharmaceuticals, brewing and bio fuel. The firm, which also has connections to the town’s brewing heritage going back over 285 years, has now been selected for the highest accolade from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as the 150-strong UK team is recognised with the prestigious gold award.

The company was singled out for this prestigious accolade having reached a staggering 3.4 million hours since the last ‘lost time accident’ in 2009 along with their continued commitment to training staff, reviewing workplace practices and raising awareness of the Zero Harm Initiative to make accidents at work a thing of the past.

John Blundell, Health, Safety and QA Manager (DipNEBOSH) at Briggs of Burton’s UK headquarters, said it was a real achievement for the company which was committed to high levels of health and safety in every aspect of the business.

He said: “The Health and Safety of our staff and contractors working to deliver projects around the world is incredibly important to us. I would like to thank the efforts of everyone in the business that has supported a positive health and safety attitude. We are working hard with our teams to ensure the correct procedures are in place and our staff receive appropriate training. We think the Zero-Harm initiative implemented by many of our clients is a great way of raising awareness of the importance of Health and Safety.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has been running for nearly a century and is a British charity that aims to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries which occur as a result of accidents.

The prestigious gold award is presented to those companies that show a very high level of commitment to workplace safety.

Briggs of Burton, which has offices in the USA as well as headquarters in the town, was started by Samuel Briggs in 1884  who acquired Thornewill & Wareham, which can be traced back to 1732. The company now employs over staff in a variety of roles and works on high profile engineering projects across the globe including North America, Central America, Africa, Australia, Japan and China..

The company is committed to reducing accidents and injuries in all engineering projects and works closely with clients, including Diageo – the world’s largest producer of spirits, to raise awareness of the need for ongoing training and support for staff in the workplace to meet the Zero Harm Initiative.

All members of the manufacturing team, based in Burton, are IOSH and First Aid trained. There is also an internal IOSH trainer and over 20 employees are trained to the prestigious NEBOSH Certificate standard.

It is an ethos that is carried out through the office staff as well as on the factory floor with Briggs employing 63 first aiders and 63 IOSH qualified staff.