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New success signals unparalleled award hat-trick for SkySiren
The internationally-award winning SkySiren has received a fresh accolade at the annual Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) awards.
The national safety group awarded the 'Innovation of the Year' prize to the pioneering anti-entrapment system which was launched by Nationwide Platforms at the end of 2011.
In awarding the prize, judges remarked: "We were impressed by the development of this technology in response to a real problem, and that it is now being widely used by those who can benefit most from it."
The SkySiren, which has been used on many of the UK's largest and most prestigious projects, has also been recognised with awards at the International Awards for Powered Access and by the Construction Health & Safety Group in 2012.
Judges included representatives from Transport for London, Rolls-Royce, NEBOSH, TUC and more, as well as a selection of health & safety directors, consultants and advisors, and the President of IOSH, Subash Ludhra.
The SkySiren was developed by BlueSky Solutions who were acquired by the Lavendon Group in 2011. Nationwide Platforms, the Group's market leader in the UK, subsequently launched the system, prompting a number of major contractors, including Skanska and Tyco, to mandate additional anti-entrapment protection.
Nationwide Platforms' Managing Director Mike Potts says: "The SkySiren was developed in recognition of a real threat to the safety of powered access users. As a market leader we wanted to tackle the issue head-on and find a solution that could be made available to the largest possible audience. With the SkySiren we have a system that's both comprehensive and designed entirely with the needs and the behaviours of end-user in mind.
"We're incredibly proud of our latest success which recognises years of hard work in developing the system."
Mick Ledden, Executive Director - Business Development and Key Accounts, managed the introduction of the SkySiren to the powered access industry in 2011. Speaking on the latest award success, he says: "As a business we are committed to taking on the issues and challenges which threaten safety in our industry. The SkySiren is a result of this commitment and of our willingness to listen to the concerns of our clients. We're delighted to have received this recognition and will strive to continue to drive forward best practice in every arena of our work.
Nationwide Platforms was also shortlisted for Best Health & Safety Achievement in Transport and Logistics, as well as for Partnership of the Year alongside Skanksa UK for work developing the SkySiren.
Picture shows: Paul Cummings, Director - BlueSky Solutions (second from left), receives the 'Innovation of the Year' prize from the IOSH Awards delegation.
25th October 2012