London 2012 – the safest games ever

10 Jun

The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) health, safety and environment awards event held last night brought home once again the full extent of the achievements of all of those thousands of workers who have been involved in the various London 2012 construction projects. I am not really interested in those purists who say it was an exceptional project driven by huge funds with powerful political backing including from government.

The exemplary health, safety and environment achievements are down to the dedication, commitment and camaraderie of managers and workers across all of the projects. I hope history does justice to these achievements and the stories of individuals and teams do not get lost. Howard Shiplee, ODA’s Director of Health and Safety, last night called on those who had worked on the various projects to take their knowledge, their commitment and their success and spread the word to others way beyond the construction sector. When we look at the London 2012 legacy of buildings in future years I hope we remember not only the medals and highlights from the games but the fact that the health and safety of all of the workers involved was properly protected.

I have over the last two years, though my involvement in the ODA health, safety and environment awards met some truly inspirational people – memories of them and their dedication will stay with me forever.

Thank you Huw Preece of Barhale. Laim O’Sullivan of UK Power Networks, Alan O’Hagan and Sean Melody of Bam Nuttall, Grant Findlay, Bill Brewer and Marcelle Hornshaw of Carillion, Stephen McNicholas of McNicholas, Thomas Faulkner of Skanskia, Bob Blackman of Unite the union and lots of others.

It’s been an honour.


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