CW Awards 2019: Kier wins Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

The UK firm scooped the top health and safety prize, while Khatib & Alami won Highly Commended

Kier Construction's managing director Shaun Fenner (left) collected the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year accolade
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Kier Construction's managing director Shaun Fenner (left) collected the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year accolade

UK-listed firm Kier Construction has walked away with the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year accolade at the Construction Week Awards 2019, which was held at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis on 4 December, for its Health and Wellbeing strategy.

Judges believed that the strategy was a “good focus” on general health and wellbeing, and not just on site safety, as well as creating long term prevention of health issues.

The Kier Health and Wellbeing strategy was implemented to create a healthier working environment, improve employees’ physical and mental wellbeing, encourage and support employees to take responsibility for their own personal health and wellbeing.

Commenting on picking up the award, Kier Middle East's managing director, Shaun Fenner, told Construction Week:

“It’s absolutely phenomenal to win the award tonight and it’s a great recognition to all the team’s effort over the last year. I think the initiatives that we have launched from day one from mental health awareness to CPR training are progressive and reactionary, and it’s where the industry needs to be."

Highly Commended went to Khatib & Alami’s Stop the Drop campaign, which was launched to drive continuous improvements around working at height and to prevent falling objects at its projects.

The shortlist for the Construction Executive of the Year accolade, in addition to Khatib & Alami and Kier Construction, comprised ALEC’s Value-Driven HSE Initiative, BAM International’s New B Programme, and Douglas OHI’s HSE initiative titled ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye Plant Safety Awareness’.

The other names on the shortlist included Larsen & Toubro Saudi Arabia’s (L&T) Golden Safety Rules, as well as WSP’s Stay Safe Together initiative.

The Construction Week Awards 2019 were supported by Platinum Sponsor, Tenderd; Gold Sponsors, ALEC, ASGC, Unec, Ramboll, Arabian Construction Co (ACC), Tenable, Atkins, Acrow Formwork Technology, JLW Middle East, Honeywell; Silver Sponsor Reed Smith; Category Sponsors, Cundall, Beaver Gulf Group, and Construction Computer Software (CCS); Social Media Sponsor, WSP; Sustainability Partner, Electrolux; Training Partner, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and Intelligence Partner, ProTenders.

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