RoSPA COVID Workplace Champion Awards

Our Health and Safety Manager Nick Lawrence has been recognised as a RoSPA ‘COVID Workplace Champion’. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) celebrated the life-saving work of the safety community with a COVID Workplace Champions’ Garden Party, acknowledging workers who went above and beyond to protect others over the last two years.

The awards highlight the contributions of those who have used their expertise, passion and unwavering commitment to help limit the transmission of COVID in workplaces. Following the launch, the charity received nearly 300 nominations, from many different industry sectors and from 19 countries around the globe.

Nick was nominated by his peers within Stepnell for his instrumental role in keeping every one of our workplaces, which comprise 6 regional offices, and up to 25 sites at any one time, COVID safe – including not only our direct workforce, but also our sub-contractors and clients, as well as ensuring our business remained operational throughout the entire pandemic.

Nick had the foresight to set up a COVID-19 Task Force, some 3 weeks prior to the first lockdown, comprising directors and departmental heads. He arranged for the task force to meet daily via video call to review government advice, developments, coordinate business continuity plans and agree on the introduction of measures to manage risk, which included developing procedures and ensuring an adequate stock of hand sanitisers, face masks and gloves, etc were in place.

Recognising that communication to employees was key Nick was instrumental in setting up a dedicated area on our intranet, which went live 10 days before the first lockdown. This area outlined the company’s approach to the pandemic, explained what Coronavirus is, it’s symptoms, self-isolation guidance, how to get tested, general guidance and mental health support. Daily updates were issued in real-time, broadcast on the intranet, by email, text message and Vlog’s Nick filmed and produced himself.

Working with our IT and Procurement teams Nick ensured that by the time the first national lockdown was announced on Monday 23 March 2020, all office employees had been provided with laptops/equipment to work effectively from home and that all site teams had measures in place to minimise the risk of spread of infection. In addition, he ensured that daily check-in meetings were held by each line manager to maintain communication and check how individuals were coping.

Nick developed specific risk assessments and site operating procedures before the Construction Leadership Council issued there’s to outline the measures to be put in place to protect our workforce and subcontractors.

Therefore this is a well-deserved recognition for the work Nick did during the pandemic, continually going above and beyond the call of duty, covering 29K miles in the first year of COVID-19 by visiting sites regularly, even throughout all lockdowns, to provide support and assistance to set up and maintain COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures to keep our workforce and sub-contractors safe.

Pictured, ROSPA Chief Executive Errol Taylor and Health & Safety Manager Nick Lawrence

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