Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd has scooped a top safety award at the Tata sponsored Livewire awards.
The company triumphed at the national event focussing on improving health and safety at work for people employed in the UK wire and tube industries.
All of the UK’s major wire industry employers are members of Live Wire – and Siddall & Hilton Products has supported the concept since its launch five years ago.
The Live Wire Health & Safety Award recognises firms which encourage employees to embrace health and safety at all levels, share best practice across the industry and come up with ideas which improve health and safety in the wire industry.
Siddall & Hilton Products’ winning presentation was made by Production Supervisor & Health & Safety Co-Ordinator Gareth Bush and production operative Dave Durrance.
They successfully demonstrated a working solution for an issue experienced throughout the industry – the failure risk of a spring loaded safety catch in a travelling crane hook.
Dave was previously injured after catching his glove in the spring loaded catch that is fitted to the crane hook as standard. His solution involved doing away with the spring loading arrangement and replacing it with a naturally closing arrangement, imaginatively named the gravity latch.
Siddall & Hilton Products said this issue had previously been the subject of “near miss” health and safety reports.
The gravity hooks are now in use across the company’s site on Birds Royd Lane in Brighouse. Since their installation, there have been no accidents and no reported near misses involving attachment of lifting chains.
Managing director Neil Stewardson said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award for the second consecutive year. Our success demonstrates our commitment to improving health and safety issues throughout our working environment and recognises the strategic importance of involving employees in the identification of risks and the identification of the most appropriate, practical and imaginative solutions to mitigate those risks.”