Rail firm scores health and safety hat trick at RoSPA awards

Published: 21 Sep 2020

Railway firm Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which runs Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express trains, has won three sought-after national safety accolades, including a special ‘Pride’ award for two employees who saved the life of a man on the tracks.

The Engineering team, which maintains, upgrades and cleans the network’s 2,800 carriages, won Gold for its health and safety record while the company as a whole won Silver for health and safety overall, at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards.

Husband and wife employees Paul and Agy O’Brien were recognised with an Inspiration ‘Pride’ Award for saving a man at an East Sussex station when he tried to take his own life on the railway. Last week, on World Suicide Prevention Day, the couple helped promote a series of motivational messages including “It’s OK not to be OK” in a campaign launched by GTR. You can view Paul and Agy’s case study here, with pictures, and read about the GTR campaign here.

Engineering Director Steve Lammin said: "In the Engineering teams, there is a real determination to drive the 'Zero Harm' ethos. Receiving such a prestigious accolade shows that we are certainly heading in the right direction.

“The different departments within Engineering have really come together to deliver best practice and an even safer environment for our staff and passengers alike."

Head of Safety and Health Mark Whitley said: “This is an excellent achievement that recognises the hard work teams across the business have put in over the past year, and the progress we are making towards our ambition for Zero Harm.”

About us

Our mission is to help you achieve your ambitions by being part of our business community - connecting, supporting, promoting, informing and boosting you and your business. That also means supporting local business growth & providing a united voice in the Gatwick Diamond.
We aim for excellence by being proactive, committed, personal, open and engaging.

Get in touch

Tel: 01293 440088

Membership enquiries, new and existing:
mandi@gatwickdiamondbusiness.com

Event information and booking:
events@gatwickdiamondbusiness.com

To ensure we give you the best experience on our website we use Cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. However, if you continue without changing your settings we will presume you are happy to receive all cookies on the gdb website. Continue