Deborah Services Ltd (DSL) wins safety award for the design of an innovative locking twin retractable lanyard


NASC member, Deborah Services Ltd. has been awarded a highly regarded major contractor accolade for safety in the 2013 Engineering Construction Industry Association’s (ECIA) ‘Recognising Initiative in Safety Excellence’ (RISE) scheme, with an innovative design for a locking twin retractable lanyard.

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The ECIA’s RISE program aims to share best safety practice industry examples – giving members a chance to showcase their achievements publicly – and rewards “outstanding achievement” annually. The expert judges look for innovation, teamwork, leadership, health and safety planning in advance of works commencing, development of people skills and “substantially more than mere compliance”.

NASC’s Managing Director, Robin James said: “With the NASC’s focus and dedication to safety and best practice in the scaffold and access industry – it comes as no surprise one of our members has won this coveted award.

“We’d like to wish Deborah Services Ltd. many congratulations in obtaining this fine industry achievement in the face of stiff competition and we’d also like to thank the company for representing the scaffolding and access safety aims of the NASC so well within the construction industry as a whole. It’s our aim to encourage the best possible safety practices from all our members to reduce the risk of accidents inherent in the industry. The NASC ensures these standards are adhered to, with a strict auditing process. Only companies with the best possible safety record and practices become – and remain – NASC members.”

Steve Flounders, Managing Director of Deborah Services Ltd. (DSL) said: “I am absolutely delighted we have been successful in winning the prestigious 2013 ECIA RISE award for a Major or Managing Contractor – this is a major achievement for DSL. The award has been achieved through the concept, design and implementation of a twin retractable lanyard, which when force is applied locks instantly – therefore reducing the distance fallen, and as a consequence should limit any potential injuries.

“This safety initiative implemented by DSL and developed in partnership with Spanset was chosen as the best example of a safety initiative by the ECIA. DSL is justifiably proud of this award and it clearly demonstrates our commitment to monitor, control and improve our Health and Safety systems not only in DSL, but across the construction industry, creating a safer working environment for everyone.

“I would like to personally thank our Health and Safety team led by Neill Moffat who have made a major contribution in promoting a safe behaviour at work throughout the business as this is a critical and important component to the DSL business.

“DSL is an active member of the NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) and the majority of our clients recognise that the NASC is the leading body for setting standards for scaffolding within the UK. Being an NASC member provides DSL (and the wider construction industry) with invaluable best practice guidance and standards which ensure delivery of a competent scaffolding workforce.”

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