The outstanding and exemplary safety and health achievements of the Big Build construction phase for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been recognised through a special award to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) of which Her Majesty is patron, presented the Diamond Jubilee Award to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) at a ceremony in Birmingham.
The safety record of the Big Build, which, at its peak, involved a 12,500-strong workforce on the Olympic Park and Olympic Village, has been hugely impressive. Construction of the main sporting venues and infrastructure on the Olympic Park involved around 62 million hours of work with an Accident Frequency Rate of 0.17 per 100,000 hours - less than half the construction industry average, and it was completed without an accident-related fatality.
Given the prestige and profile of the Big Build, work is already underway to maximise learning opportunities across the UK and globally, so ensuring a huge health and safety legacy from London 2012.
Dennis Hone, ODA chief executive, said: “We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of the health and safety achievements of our workforce. The safety of the teams delivering the London 2012 venues and infrastructure has always been our number one priority and by creating a culture of teamwork and individual responsibility, incidents have been few and far between. We are rightly proud of having delivered the project with an accident frequency rate that is half the construction industry average.”
Barhale built the Primary Foul Sewer and Pumping Station as part of the Big Build and is proud to have contributed to winning this prestigious award.