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2016 FASET AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

winners-and-presentersFASET has revealed the winners of its prestigious Annual Awards. The winners of the four categories for 2016 were announced at a special ceremony following the association’s Annual General Meeting at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Daventry.

Sponsored by Smart Scaffolder, FASET Member of the Year was won by Grimsby-based PMC Safety Netting Limited. Highly commended were Highersafe Ltd and SMD Ltd.

The positions were reversed in the Project of the Year category - sponsored by Tecnologia Deportiva SA - with Scunthorpe-based Highersafe taking top spot, and PMC receiving a highly commended.

Highersafe won outright for its innovative approach to the installation of safety netting and edge protection during the main stand extension at Liverpool Football Club, and PMC received praise for its work at the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster.

The third category, CSCS-sponsored Employee of the Year, was won by Reece Doig who joined FASET member company DTE Scaffolding & Safety Netting in October 2015.

Comments DTE’s managing director, Ray Townsend: “Although Reece has only been with us a year, his commitment to learning and acquiring skills and knowledge has been exceptional. He has completed a wide range of courses and his attitude to safety is exemplary.”

The final award, Health and Safety Initiative of the Year, was also won by PMC Safety Netting Limited, this time for its ground breaking worker engagement programme. Highly commended was Highersafe and the category was sponsored by Nationwide Platforms.

The judges for 2016 were Ray Cooke, head of the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction Sector Safety Unit; James Talman, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors; Mark Kelly, SHEQ director at Nationwide Platforms; and Tony Seddon, FASET’s company secretary.

In each case the independent panel of judges was looking for dedication, innovation and, above all, and absolute commitment to competency and height safety.

Says Tony Seddon: “As a trade association we aim to advance safety through standards, guidance and training. These awards recognise and reward those individuals and companies who have gone that extra mile in achieving these objectives over the last 12 months.”


FASET Announces 2016 Award Categories

FASET, the trade body representing the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry, has announced the categories for its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony following the association’s Annual General Meeting on 1 December 2016 in Daventry.

The categories, increased from three to four for 2016, are:

  • FASET Member project of the year;
  • FASET Health and safety project of the year;
  • FASET Employee of the year;
  • FASET Member of the year.

The awards are sponsored by Tecnologia Deportiva SA, Nationwide Platforms, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Smart Scaffolder respectively.

           In each category the independent panel of judges will be looking for dedication, innovation, and, above all, an absolute commitment to safety and best practice.

The judges for 2016 are Ray Cooke, head of the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction Sector Safety Unit; James Talman, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors; Mark Kelly, SHEQ director at Nationwide Platforms; and Tony Seddon, FASET’s company secretary.

Comments Tony: “As a trade association we aim to advance height safety through standards, guidance and training. These awards will recognise and reward those individuals and companies who have set an example in meeting these objectives over the last 12 months.”

Entry forms are available from Joe Black joe.black@faset.org.uk at the association and the event will take place at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel, Hellidon, Daventry NN11 6GG.

Also just announced is a new technical bulletin from FASET addressing the topic of roof over netting. It can be downloaded free from www.faset.org.uk


FASET: WINNERS OF INAUGURAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

FASET, the trade body representing the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry, has announced the winners of its first annual awards. In each case, the independent judging panel, which included a representative of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), was impressed by the commitment, innovation and concern for safety demonstrated by the winners.

FASET Health and Safety Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Smart Scaffolder, this category was won by PMC Safety Netting - a FASET member company - who, in the opinion of the judges, had made an outstanding contribution to the work and role of the association by contributing time, knowledge and expertise to the development of FASET training and best practice.

In the same category, Structural Metal Decks was ‘highly commended’ for its clear commitment to prioritising health and safety, including training, within its own organisation.

FASET Operative of the Year
Sponsored by GAP Tool Hire, the winner of this category was Scott Campbell of Onestop Safety Netting and Edge Protection. Having experienced a tragic accident to a colleague at work, the judges were particularly impressed by the way in which Scott had dealt with the tragedy, re-built his confidence and gone on to positively develop his work at height skills and experience.

‘Highly commended’ was Callum Greenaway of Stasafe for his consistent and conscientious approach to working at height.

FASET Member Project of the Year
The final award, sponsored by CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), also went to PMC Safety Netting for a project that the judges described as having specific challenges requiring an innovative but painstaking approach. The project was completed successfully on time, to budget and without incident.

In this category ’highly commended’ was awarded to two companies for named projects: Nationwide Safety and Safety Net Services.

Comments the association’s secretary, Tony Seddon: “The aim of the awards is to reflect the excellent work being done by FASET member companies and their considerable contribution to advancing safety and best practice when working at height.”


FASET: TRADE BODY GETS NEW CHAIRMAN

RH-AIF-IOSH-1ROB HARRIS is the new chairman of FASET, the trade body representing the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry. He took over from Paul Martin at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in Daventry in December.

Involved in the work at height industry for over 20 years, he was instrumental in founding FASET - Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training - in 2001 and has been a major contributor to its progress and development ever since. He remains as chairman of the FASET training committee.

Managing director of his own training company, Buckinghamshire-based 3-Education Ltd, Rob Harris has been actively involved in various industry working groups including the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety, BS 8411 Code of Practice for Safety Nets, BS 8454 Training Standards for Work at Height Training, and the ACWAHT Syllabus Committee.

He regularly runs safety net courses and workshops for construction managers and safety professionals, and delivers training courses to various sectors of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Rob is also heavily involved in the training of operatives in the practical aspects of safety net rigging and continues as an NVQ assessor taking them through to qualification.

He has authored three additional courses for the Association: Temporary Edge Protection to BS EN 13374; the erection of stair towers; and the use and inspection of tensioned access platforms - often referred to as walk-on nets.

Comments FASET’s new chairman: “As one of the architects of the Association, and someone who has been actively involved in its direction and growth, I am delighted to have the opportunity of working with members to further improve standards and best practice across the industry.”

“During my term of office I aim to ensure that FASET continues to play a leading role in developing national and international standards and guidance. I want to see us working more closely with other trade associations to develop common safety and performance goals, and to stress the benefits of using FASET member companies.”