Laing O’Rourke’s Manchester Airport team wins award after saving worker’s life

UK contractor Laing O’Rourke has been given a prize by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its work at Manchester Airport.

Laing O’Rourke’s health, safety and environment workforce won the Team of the Year prize for the £570m extension of Manchester airport’s second terminal.

Andrew Swindells, Laing O’Rourke’s health, safety and environment manager, said: "It’s a great achievement for the team. The Manchester Airport Transformation project is one of the biggest in the country with an average of £1m worth of construction happening every day.

"During 2018, the team focused on creating a strategy based on one of its core principles – ‘Safety is the Presence of Positives’ – placing a priority on being proactive in seeking out opportunities to add resilience to existing processes."

"They introduced a number of initiatives that have gone a long way to underpinning the positive standards on site. One of these initiatives led to the life of an operative being saved following a cardiac arrest, with the introduction of both CPR training and multiple project defibrillators signposted in the main work areas."

The RoSPA manages the UK’s longest-running health and safety awards, which attracts almost 2,000 entrants every year.

Images courtesy of Laing O’Rourke

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