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Local site manager rewarded for putting safety first

A wirral site manager has been commended for running one of the safest building sites in the UK by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Redrow Homes’ site manager Tony Gordon, who oversees operations at Dibbin Brook, off New Chester Road, Bromborough, has been recognised for his best practice approach to health and safety.

He is one of just 25 site managers, out of hundreds in the country, to pick up a commendation award in the ‘large builder’ category at the 2012 NHBC Health and Safety Awards.

Now in their third year, they are the only awards scheme of their kind designed solely for house builders.

Commended site managers will now be judged further by the independent panel of experts, who will announce overall winners for each category on July 6.

Tony said: “We take pride in our excellent health and safety record on site and we are very pleased that this has been recognised by the NHBC. The wellbeing of our employees, sub contractors and visitors remains a top priority and this has a direct impact on the quality of the homes we build.”

Tony, who lives in Irlam, has previously been in the limelight for winning two consecutive NHBC Pride in the Job quality awards in 2010 and 2011, placing him in the top 400 site managers UK-wide. Last year he also fronted Redrow’s national marketing campaign entitled ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’, which used real staff members instead of actors in TV, internet, magazine, newspaper and billboard promotions.

The NHBC is the leading standard-setting and consumer protection body for new homes in the UK. Its awards scheme rewards well managed sites and companies that can demonstrate effective health and safety planning and execution, engaged workforces and the best health and safety management systems.

With an independent judging panel comprising representatives from the HSE, ConstructionSkills and Constructing Better Health, the awards are supported by some leading industry bodies and MPs from all political parties.

Simon Mantle, the NHBC’s group health and safety policy manager, commented: “As the house-building industry emerges from a difficult economic period, it’s the perfect time to recognise site managers who have maintained exceptional health and safety standards on-site.

“We have been extremely impressed by the standard of health and safety that we have encountered throughout the judging process. These awards play an important role in encouraging best practice and driving forward health and safety standards. Ultimately, improvements in best practice improve the end product for homeowners too.”

To see the quality on offer at Dibbin Brook visit the show homes, open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. For more details of the latest availability and pricing, call 0151 345 0996 or see www.redrow.co.uk. Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Gold award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2011 What House? awards; and its ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2011Housebuilder Awards for innovation and excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.