National health and safety honour for Ripley man

Ian Fisher scooped silver in the Innovation in Health and Safety category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, organised by Care Forum Wales.

Ian Fisher scooped silver in the Innovation in Health and Safety category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, organised by Care Forum Wales.

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A health and safety advisor whose coalmining family history inspired him to fight for workplace health has won a coveted care industry award.

Published author Ian Fisher scooped silver in the Innovation in Health and Safety category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, which acknowledges the hard work and exceptional performances of those in the care sector.

The 60-year-old, who grew up in Ripley, collected the gong at a glittering ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff.

Ian, who went to Ripley Technical Grammar, said: “I was born into a pit village and when I was growing up my father and his friends who were coal workers at that time would get to my age now and were old men. They couldn’t breathe, they had bad backs and knees.

“I grew up feeling that it wasn’t fair, work shouldn’t affect your health. Right from a teenager I was interested in public health and my background is probably another reason why I’m involved in local politics.

“You do these things because you want to make a difference. I’m hopeful that I have somewhere along the way.”

Author of the textbook Health and Safety for Supervisors (Level 3), Ian was determined from an early age to change things for the better for workers across a range of industries and trained to become an environmental health officer.

He was nominated by Hallmark Care Homes where he has worked as a self-employed health and safety advisor for the past 12 years, regularly visiting the firm’s seven care homes based in Wales to advise on health and safety matters.

He added: “Health and safety isn’t an add-on.”