Ripley builder in awards bid

A Ripley builder, who works for a house building firm, is in the running for a top industry health and safety award.

Site manager Darren Hackett, has been named as a commended winner in the first round of judging for NHBC’s 2013 Health and Safety Awards, in the Best Site Large Builder category.

The awards recognise on-site health and safety best practice by house building site managers across the nation, and reward builders for their vigilance in ensuring the safety of their workers and the public. Darren works for Crest Nicholson South West, and was shortlisted for his work at the Denby Bank new homes site off Derby Road, in Marehay.

He is one of 54 commended winners who excelled in a rigorous judging process. He is shortlisted for his category’s national title – to be revealed on July 12 at a grand final at the ICC in Birmingham.

Tom Kitchen, NHBC Health and Safety Operations Manager, said:“There are signs that the house-building industry is starting to pick up following the downturn. The recession saw many skilled workers leave the industry, taking with them knowledge of safe working practices. These Commended site managers are making sure this does not jeopardise the safety of their staff and local townspeople.

“The NHBC Health and Safety Awards reward site managers for their continued dedication to health and safety, with better run sites usually being sites of better quality as well. Earning a Commendation is a significant achievement, and I wish Darren the best of luck for the grand final in July.”

All commended entries will now undergo a further round of judging carried out by independent health and safety experts. The panel includes new judge Neil Stephens, Head of Planning and Communications in the Construction Division of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), alongside Kevin Fear, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Construction Skills, and Michelle Aldous, Chief Executive of Constructing Better Health. The trio will select the regional and national winners.