Lanes Group achieves Gold in 2021 RoSPA Awards

Drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group has achieved a Gold Award in the RoSPA Awards, the UK’s most prestigious accolades for occupational health, safety and wellbeing.

Gold is the highest possible achievement in the awards, organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

This year, judges asked applicants to give detailed information about protection measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lanes Managing Director Wayne Earnshaw said: “We’re delighted to have achieved a RoSPA Gold Award, which reflects the importance Lanes and its teams place on occupational, health, safety and wellbeing.

“It has been one of the most challenging years anyone can remember. Our health and safety systems have been tested to the limit but have withstood the challenge.

“That is in no small part because the health and safety teams across all our divisions have done a fantastic job leading the process of putting in place comprehensive additional measures to keep people safe during the pandemic.

“Achieving RoSPA Gold is a testament to the robustness of our COVID-19 strategy and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for playing their part in maintaining very high and safe standards of service during the pandemic.”

Lanes delivers drainage, wastewater and facilities maintenance services from 40 operational sites across the UK. Customers range from householders and small businesses to the UK’s largest corporations and public bodies, including Network Rail, Transport for London (TfL), Thames Water, Severn Trent, Northumbrian and Scottish Water.

In the second half of 2020, Lanes underwent a series of virtual site audits as the company successfully transitioned from OHSAS 18001 to achieving the ISO 45001:2018 international standard for health and safety.

In its RoSPA submission, Lanes could evidence integrated occupational health, safety and wellbeing systems that have underpinned strong and improving performance for key indicators like the company’s accident frequency rate which was at a five year low.

To counter the COVID-19 pandemic, operational bubbles have been created to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. In all divisions, home and office working shifts were rotated to allow social distancing while maintaining wellbeing and team cohesion.

Other measures included Lanes teams using innovative cartoon videos, produced in-house, as training and communications aides to explain how to work in COVID-19 secure environments and the relevant controls.

Lanes will receive its RoSPA Gold Award at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday September 9th 2021 hosted by broadcaster and journalist Ed James, along with RoSPA President Baroness Jolly and RoSPA chief executive Errol Taylor.

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